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North Hagerstown High Graduates Earn International Baccalaureate Diplomas

North Hagerstown High Graduates Earn International Baccalaureate Diplomas

Hagerstown, MD (November 7, 2008)- Twelve students from North Hagerstown High School's Class of 2008 earned International Baccalaureate (IB) Program diplomas from the International Baccalaureate Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Diploma students must successfully complete seven IB courses, a research project, and 150 hours of community service. IB courses are rigorous, college-level courses that prepare students for the academic challenges of higher education.
Students with IB diplomas may be accepted to a college or university anywhere in the world.
From the North Hagerstown High Class of 2008, Leah Beachley, Hannah Boward, Susan Kelly, Rima KiKani, Gillian Kramer, Sean Kross, Stephanie Mock, Ashley Rimbey, Otto Schoeck, Jessica Shuff, Curtis Smith, and Betsy Warner achieved IB diploma status. The program began when these students were juniors in 2006-2007.
There are two types of IB students: diploma students and certificate students. Certificate students are not planning to complete the nine required courses, but are gaining the advantages of taking higher-level courses. In the current school year, nine senior students are working toward an IB diploma and 19 senior students are working for a certificate. In this year's junior class, 34 students have begun the diploma track, while nine junior students are working toward a certificate.
IB Coordinator Kevin Jackson praises each of the students in the program. "These two years of the IB program are like a freshman year in college, so they are studying, researching, writing, and producing college-level material while learning to manage their time. The graduated students tell us they were well-prepared for college. I tell students and parents that IB not only prepares students for college, but prepares them to earn a diploma."
For more information, contact Kevin Jackson at North Hagerstown High School: 301-766-8238.

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