(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.)- Students in St. Joseph are getting recognized by a prestigious university for their work in the classroom.
St. Paul Lutheran students were selected to join the Duke University's TIP program.
The program recognizes gifted students by offering them an invitation for advanced learning in the university's summer program. In order to get into the program, a student must score in the 95th percentile in a given subject.
"It feels really good to know that I did well enough," Seventh grader Elliot Murphy said. "It's less work to be good than to be bad at some thing."
Murphy scored above the 95th percentile in five subjects and scored in the 99th in most of them.
"I am very proud of him because he kind of defied the odds," Murphy's mother Caroline Clark-Murphy said.
After being born with spina bifita, doctors told Murphy her son would have a tougher time in school and college wouldn't be possible, but now, Elliot Murphy is aiming for Notre Dame.
"Some of the back ups (other universities) have to do with if the university have competitive wheelchair basketball teams," Clark-Murphy said.
After the scores Murphy obtained, the family said the back-ups will be tough to look at and that the doubters can eat their words.
"To those nay sayers out there, well they'll be working for my son some day," Clark-Murphy said. "Just try hard and believe in yourself."