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Duke TIP Summer Studies Program Provides SCA Eighth Grader a Preview of College Life at Wake Forest University

SCA eighth grade student Hannah Helms experiencing dorm life at Wake Forest University through the Duke TIP Summer Studies Program.

SCA eighth grade student Hannah Helms experiencing dorm life at Wake Forest University through the Duke TIP Summer Studies Program.

Walking and attending classes on the campus at Wake Forest University, ranked in the top 30 in the national universities category for 20 consecutive years according to U.S. News & World Report, was a wonderful opportunity for SCA eighth grade student Hannah Helms.

Hannah was on the Campus of Wake Forest through special invitation from Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (TIP). After taking the ACT last February, Hannah learned that her scores qualified her to attend Duke TIP’s Summer Studies Program which offers classes on college campuses across the nation. Hannah selected Wake Forest as the University where she would want to take classes through the Summer Studies Program.

“Even though I was nervous to be away from home, I knew this was an amazing opportunity and I didn’t want to miss it,” Hannah shared.

In June, Hannah attended a three-week creative writing course at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. When asked about whether she found the class beneficial, Hannah said, “When I look back at my writing from the first day of class and look at my writing now…I can’t believe the difference!”

In addition to 110 hours of classroom instruction, Hannah enjoyed the experience of living in a dorm and participating in a wide variety of evening activities. She plans to attend the TIP Summer Studies Program again next summer, taking a class in either psychology or literature. SCA had a record number of seventh grade students qualify for the Duke TIP program with 26. Eight of the 26 students were recognized at the State level.

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