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North Hagerstown High awards IB diplomas, citations

January 24, 2011

North Hagerstown High School awarded 28 International Baccalaureate diplomas and certificates Dec. 20.  
The recipients of IB diplomas and their current colleges are:  

Shaina Alvarez (Hood College), Laura Bell (University of Maryland), Madison Bondoc (University of Maryland), Adele Bowers (College of Wooster), David Burkey (University of Maryland), Fedora Copley (Reed College), Patrick Creighton (University of Maryland), Suzanne Dunn (James Madison University).

Michelle Ferreira (Swarthmore College), Andreas Grahn (University of Maryland), Elizabeth Kramer (Duke University), Olivia Montgomery (Emory University), Daniela Parra (Stanford University), Renee Shaw (Messiah College) and Daniel Weir (Frostburg State University).  

Certificate recipients included Christine Brugh (American University), Paige DeVore (Hood College), Tim Fazenbaker (Hagerstown Community College), Todd Hershey (Mount Saint Mary’s), Timothy Higgins (University of Pittsburgh), Anirudh Jonnalagadda (West Virginia University), Joseph Knight, Megan Maloy (University of Maryland), Molly Mittel (Towson University), Max Robinson (University of Maryland), Marie Russell (Concord University), Carlisha Smith (Bowie State University) and Molly Warner (University of Maryland).

The program is designed as an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepares students for success at university and life beyond. The program is taught in the final two years at North High.

Students study six courses at higher level or standard level ensuring breadth of experience in languages, social studies, the experimental sciences and mathematics. They may also select to continue studying the arts as part of their curriculum.

In addition, the program has three core requirements that are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding.

The extended essay is a requirement for students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying.

Theory of knowledge is a course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).

Creativity, action, service requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students can combine all three components or do activities related to each one of them separately.

The culmination of their two years of study is the IB written examinations taken in May of their senior year. The exams are sent to external IB examiners who score them. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners. Students are either awarded a diploma or certificate based on their score of certain levels of performance across the whole program and satisfactory participation in the creativity, action, service requirement.  Students are notified in the summer following their senior year if they met these requirements.

North High is the only school in Washington County and one of 26 high schools in Maryland to offer the IB program. It is offered by 2,190 schools worldwide.

For more information, call Kevin Jackson at 301-766-8238.

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