Owen Combs, a 7th grade student at Port St. Joe Jr. / Sr. High School, has qualified for Duke University’s TIP program.

Duke’s Talent Identification Program, or TIP, helps students access their abilities, recognizes their achievements, and provides enrichment benefits.

Students must qualify by taking an above-level test, the ACT or SAT, with only about 38 percent of participants qualifying for program.

Combs has achieved a qualifying score and is now eligible for the program, as well as being invited to attend a state recognition ceremony.

He will now have access to a bevy of educational tools including online activities, foreign language learning products, college prep advice, and access to Duke TIP’s educational programs.

TIP programs take place both online and in person, with weekend educational outings and summer residential programs that give students access to advanced learning opportunities and like-minded peers.

The Duke TIP program has served over 2.8 million gifted students since 1980, and recognizes nearly 100,000 new students each year.