8th Grader named Duke Scholar

Joshua Ulrich is an 8th grade at Friendswood Junior High and was selected into the Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) . He got to participate in taking his SAT last year at Pearland High School thought this program to see where is would place. He did very well considering he was a 7th grader at the time.

Ulrich was yet again selected to participate in yet another DUKE TIP program the weekend of Nov. 9-10. Out of 130 kids selected, he was 1 of 80 accepted to go to the University of Houston main campus and take part in a weekend scholar program.

Ulrich chose cinematography and enjoyed it very much. With the classes starting at 10am Saturday , it lasted till 8:30 at night so He got to stay at the Wyndham inthe Medical Center as part of the program. He returned to U of H on Sunday and did more class learning until they were released at 5 pm.

Duke TIP Scholar Weekend program provide opportunities for academically talented students in grades 8-11 to take short courses during weekend-long programs at University of Houston campus. To be eligible, students must have participated in the Duke TIP talent search or been identified as academicallygifted/talented by local school criteria.

Courses introduce topics that might not be available in students’ local schools. They provide enrichment, sharpen skills, and help students define pathways to college majors and careers. In addition, they provide a glimpse into thecollegiate experience and an opportunity for students to interact withsimilarly motivated students.

            The Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a gifted education program based at Duke University. Its purpose is to identify gifted children and provide them and their parents the resources for them to reach their full educational potential.

DukeTIP operates in sixteen states throughout the South and Midwest, specifically the states of Alabama,Arkansas, Florida, Georgia,Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and in Indiana.[1]Duke TIP was originally started in 1980.

Children are identified as part of the 4th-6th Grade Talent Search and/or as part of the7th Grade Talent Search. In the 7th Grade Talent Search, students take the SAT or ACT.If a student does exceptionally well on these exams, he or she can receivestate and even grand (national) recognition for his or her efforts. Thisusually entails a congratulatory letter, medals, and an invitation to attend anawards ceremony. This year (2013) 64,000 students in the 7th grade took the SAT or the ACT.

TIP also runs several summer and weekend residential programs for academically gifted students, including Summer Studies (grades 7-10), Field Studies and Institutes (grades 9-12), eStudies and eSeminars (grades 8-12), AcademicAdventures (grades 5-6), Scholar Weekends (grades 8-11), and CRISIS! (grades5-6). Independent learning opportunities are also available.