MOULTRIE, Ga. — Twenty-seven students from nine Colquitt County schools were accepted into Duke University’s Talent Identification Program’s (TIP) prestigious 4th-6th Grade Talent Search this past school year.

• Funston Elementary fifth grade student Jeremy Blalock.

• G.E.A.R. fourth grade student Lilly Reynolds.

• Hamilton Elementary fourth grade students Jackson Edwards and Reid Meeler.

• Norman Park Elementary fourth grade student Nathaniel Clayton and fifth grade student Lexi Hullett.

• Odom Elementary fifth grade student Kristopher Rodriguez.

• Okapilco Elementary fourth grade student Jirah Hill.

• R.B. Wright Elementary fourth grade students Noah Harden and Katie Watson and fifth grade students Emily Bius, Anna Hightower, Rane Kusek, and Harrison Sims.

• Sunset Elementary fourth grade students Marley Armstrong, Anna Dekle, Aarav Patel, Elizabeth Tucker, and Javen Whetstone.

• Williams Middle School sixth grade students Blaine Autrey, Chloe Baker, Sam Dryden, Joshua Molden, Dustin Reynolds, Annalia Small, and Jack Still.

The students were identified based on their scores on one or more of the Georgia Milestones End-of Grade Assessments, the state’s standardized achievement tests, which include nationally-normed questions that allow students to compare their answers to their grade-level peers across the country. To qualify for Duke TIP, the students had to score in the top five-percent of national test takers on those specific questions.

The Talent Search provides students and parents access to enrichment activities, specialized publications, and educational programs, all of which help participants discover their talents, develop essential skills, and take pride in their academic accomplishments.

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit educational organization and a leader in identifying and serving the educational needs of academically gifted youth. Through identification, recognition, challenging educational programs, information, advocacy and research, Duke TIP provides resources to gifted students, their parents, educators, and schools to help gifted scholars reach their full academic potential.

For more on Duke TIP talent searches and other programs, including qualification requirements for its 4th-6th Grade Talent Search and 7th Grade Talent Search, visit

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