She has been honored by Duke University — which tracks the scholastic progress of students nationwide from the third to the sixth grade.
Sarah was among a little more than 5,200 Texas students — out of 20,600 — who qualified to be recognized by the University’s Talent Identification Program (TIP), an annual talent search.
The United States is divided into four regions; Beeville is under the bailiwick of Duke University, which tracked 70,000 academically gifted seventh-graders in 16 states ranging from Texas to North Carolina, from Nebraska to Florida.
Duke chooses 5 percent for special recognition.
Its talent search is the nation’s largest; since 1980 it has honored more than 2 million students.
Sarah received a medallion at an official ceremony — similar to a graduation exercise — at Trinity University in San Antonio on May 13. Dr. Sheryl Tynes, associate vice president for academic affairs, presented the medal.
In addition to the medal, Sarah is eligible to attend a three-week session at the University’s Center for Summer Studies where, according to the university, participants are “challenged to think critically about themselves and their world.”
As she gets older, she also will be eligible for Duke-sponsored field studies and scholar weekend program.
Sarah will be an 8th-grade student at Moreno Middle School this fall.