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7th-grader honored by Duke for high scores on the ACT

Margaret Shin

Margaret Shin

LILBURN -- Margaret Shin, a seventh-grade student at Providence Christian Academy, was honored Monday at Duke University for scoring equal or better than 90 percent of college-bound seniors on the ACT.

During the past decade, qualifying fourth- through seventh-grade students at the private Lilburn school have participated in the Duke University Talent Identification Program, which identifies academically gifted students and provides them with innovative programming to support their development.

This past school year, 48 percent of the seventh-grade students at Providence were invited to take the ACT and SAT to qualify for Duke TIP.

Margaret has been at Providence since the first grade and has been a member of Duke TIP since she was in fifth grade. Last year, she was the only sixth-grade student to take the ACT and qualify for the Duke TIP State Recognition Ceremony. This year, she became the first Providence student to qualify for the Duke TIP National Grand Recognition Ceremony.

"We are very proud of Miss Shin and her many accomplishments at PCA, including her award-winning participation in the ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) Math Olympics and Continental Math League," Elementary Principal Connie Adams said in a news release. "At Providence, we work in partnership with the Christian home to ensure each student can reach his or her God-given potential by designing classroom instruction around individual student traits."

Last year, Margaret attended the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., upon her teacher's recommendation. The conference helps young scholars develop and sharpen their leadership skills by examining the leaders of the past and empowering them to make a positive social impact in their community and the world.

Margaret's favorite subjects in school are social studies and reading, the news release states. She enjoys swimming, playing the flute and reading biographies. She hopes to attend Harvard University and wants to become a politician.