CCMS students test themselves in Duke Talent Search program

CCMS Talent Search Students

Carrollton, Ky. — May 16, 2018 Seven Carroll County Middle School students participated in Duke’s Talent Search program this year. Seventh-grader Andrew Frye earned state recognition for hitting benchmark scores on an ACT exam that students took as part of the program.


The following CCMS students participated this year:


  • Richard Cayton-Wright
  • Alyssa Dermon
  • Alex Froman
  • Andrew Frye
  • Hannah Kincaid
  • Connor Mefford
  • Kaydence Smith


“I am very proud of these students,” said Principal Dana Oak. “It’s great that they get the chance to demonstrate their academic skills on the ACT at such a young age. We hope to have even more students participate next year.”


The 7th Grade Talent Search program is one of several that Duke University runs for gifted and talented students. To qualify for the program, students must score in the 95th percentile on nationally normed tests, such as the K-PREP, STAR or Iowa Test of Basic Skills. Qualifying students then take the ACT during their seventh-grade year.


This is the second time that CCMS students have participated in the program in recent years.


Twelve students from CCMS participated during the 2016-2017 school year:


  • Julieanna Clifton
  • Haileigh Corbett
  • Taylor Courtney
  • Lylah Cox
  • Ashlyn Davis
  • Ethan Ellis
  • Sophie Fremin
  • Kylee Leach
  • Alex Mullins
  • Carlos Sanchez
  • Malachi Walker
  • Antonio Welch


“Duke’s Talent Search gives our strongest students a chance to push their academic skills to the max,” Oak said. “Most students don’t take the ACT until they are in high school.”


In addition to recognition and academic resources, students who achieve qualifying scores are eligible to take dual-credit classes. During the 2018-2019 school year, CCMS students who are college-ready will be eligible to enroll in dual-credit classes through Jefferson Community and Technical College.


In recognition of his college-ready benchmark scores on the ACT, Frye will travel to Western Kentucky University on May 23 for a ceremony. Furthermore, WKU, Duke and other institutions have invited Frye to participate in summer camps as a result of his scores.


“I want to thank all of the students who participated in the program this year as well as their parents,” Oak said. “It takes all of us working together to make this happen.”


For more information about the Duke Talent Search program at Carroll County Middle School, contact Pam Williams, the Carroll County School District’s gifted and talented coordinator, at 502-732-7070.


The Carroll County School District is a public school system that operates within the geographic boundaries of Carroll County, Kentucky. The district serves around 1,900 students K-12.

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