Summer vacation is a time for kids to have fun and make memories before the school year begins again. Some kids attend camps, visit family, go on vacation, or just spend time with friends. A select number of kids, like Ashtian Nielsen of Minden, have the opportunity to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program Summer Studies.
The Duke University TIP program provides educational programs that support academically talented students in grades four through twelve. The Summer Studies program is a three week course that covers as much as a semester long college course. TIP program candidates are identified through standardized testing scores. Nielsen qualified for the program based on his seventh grade NeSA scores from the Spring semester.
“We got a letter in the mail that said I qualified because I scored like super high on my NeSA test,” Nielsen said. “Then I had to take an ACT test in Kearney.”
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