Sairahul, Amit and Jagath; Instructor, Sharon Tung –


Sairahul, Amit and Jagath; Instructor, Sharon Tung

Duke University’s Talent Identification Program, established in 1980, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented youth. Each year, seventh grade students who rank in the top five percent of grade-level standardized tests are eligible to participate in the program’s Seventh Grade Talent Search. Participants take the SAT or ACT as an above-level testing experience to gain more insight into their academic abilities. Kumon of Plano Instructor Sharon Tung has, not just one but, three students that qualified for this year’s program.

Kumon Students Jagath, Sairahul and Amit were successful participants in the 2012 Duke TIP Seventh Grade Talent Search, all taking the SAT. Currently on Kumon Math Level N, Jagath scored a 760 out of a possible 800 on the math section of the SAT, and with an overall score of 2060 out of 2500, he qualified to attend Duke’s Center for Summer Studies.  He plans to continue his Kumon studies to achieve an even greater score in the future. “I am proud of the fact that I was able to work a little each day to reach this large goal,” said Jagath. “Kumon helped me unlock my true potential and discover who I really was.” Sairahul also elected to take the SAT. He scored a 760 on the math portion and a 2080 overall. In March, he completed the Kumon Math Program. “Kumon has been a part of my life for such a long time,” explains Sairahul, crediting the Kumon Program for his successes. “I wouldn’t be where I am without it.”

Amit earned a perfect score on the math portion of the SAT and a full scholarship to attend Duke’s Center for Summer Studies. Students who receive a perfect score on one or more sections of the ACT or SAT are named William and Dorothy C. Bevan Scholars. Out of this year’s 68,000 Seventh Grade Talent Search participants, Amit was one of only 50 students who achieved this honor. Amit is currently studying calculus in Level O of Kumon’s Math Program and completed the Kumon Reading Program in October of 2011. “Kumon’s worksheets have helped improve my analytical skills because of how they are designed. Each question makes me think so differently than the last,” explains Amit. Though each student has found success in his own way, each credits Kumon as the foundation upon which their achievements have been built. “Kumon is definitely the right choice … for everyone,” Jagath said.