Grace Clough, a rising 8th grader at First Flight Middle School, has completed a three week course at Appalachian State University offered through the Duke University Talent Identification Program.
Each year, a select group of academically talented students throughout the U.S. are identified as academically gifted based on their exceptional grade-level standardized test scores at or above the 95th percentile. Through this program, Clough was afforded the opportunity to take the SAT as a seventh grader. Her score was high enough to qualify her for the summer study program.
She chose to enroll in a course titled "Mock Trial," which takes students through all aspects of the criminal justice system, from finger printing, evidence gathering and jury selection, to prosecution and defense. Clough performed so well that she was chosen as the prosecutor of the All Star trial on the final day, and she won a conviction. She is the daughter of Ridgely Clough of Kill Devil Hills and the granddaughter of John Stubbings of Manteo and Patricia Ridgely of Alexandria, VA..