Vista Middle School students were honored at the June 25, 2013 LCPS Board of Education meeting for outscoring high school seniors on the ACT test. With the students in the back row are, left to right, Board of Education President Dr. Connie Phillips, Deputy Superintendent Dr. Steven Sanchez and Vista teacher Jed Duggan.

LAS CRUCES – The LCPS Board of Education honored seven Vista Middle School Advanced Educational Services (AES) students who scored higher than the expected national benchmark for high school seniors on a national test that demonstrates college readiness.

The students (all of whom will be eighth graders in the 2013-14 school year) and their teacher, Jed Duggan, received certificates of recognition at the board’s June 25, 2013 meeting for receiving either exceptional composite scores or exceptional scores in specific sub-tests – or both – on the ACT test, which is “a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students’ academic readiness for college,” according to ACT subtests are math, English, Science and Reading.

The Vista students recognized and their recognitions are

· Connor (Mason) Hooley: composite score 24

· Kevin Brooks: composite score 20

· Jayden Perez: math score 20

· Emmerson Schoeppner: reading score 21

· Jordyn Gallegos: reading score 20

· Camryn Martin: reading score 21

· Bennett Morgan: reading score 21

The students participated in a college enrichment program developed by Duke University called the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP). “The purpose of TIP is to provide gifted and talented students with opportunities for enrichment and to open up possible avenues for scholarship as students progress from middle school into high school,” said Duggan.

According to statistics at Duke University, approximately 40 percent of gifted and talented students across the nation qualify for a state or grand recognition award and gain access to one of the Duke summer programs.

“Out of the 11 Vista AES seventh-grade students who participated in the Duke program, seven qualified for a state recognition award,” said Superintendent Stan Rounds at the board meeting. “This averages out to a rate of 64 percent, or about 24 percent higher than the national average. The seven students who qualified were invited to the Texas state recognition ceremony because there is no ceremony in New Mexico,” he said.

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