Trinity girl recognized by Duke academic program

Marlie Reynolds, a Lawrence County seventh grader who attends Decatur Heritage Christian Academy, was recognized by the Duke University Talent Identification Program for her high ACT score.

A Lawrence County girl was recognized by a Duke University gifted program this week.

Marlie Reynolds, a seventh grader from Trinity, was recently honored for achieving an exceptional score on the ACT.

The test is normally administered to college-bound high school students in their junior or senior year. Reynolds took the above-grade-level test as a participant in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP).

Duke TIP is a nonprofit organization that recognizes academically talented students and provides advanced learning opportunities that foster their intellectual and social growth, according to a release from the program.

“Each year, Duke TIP identifies a select group of students as academically gifted, based on their standardized test scores,” the release states. “Those students are invited to take the ACT or SAT, which can provide crucial insight into a gifted student’s strengths and abilities.”

Students among those who score the highest in the program are usually invited to a special recognition ceremony, typically held at a participating college or university.

Though in-person ceremonies had to be postponed or canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Duke TIP celebrated the students’ academic achievements by providing their families with an at-home ceremony toolkit.

Reynolds, the granddaughter of Tommy and Marla Reynolds, attends Decatur Heritage Christian University.

For more information on Duke TIP, including qualification requirements for its Talent Search Program, visit

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