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Fridley High School seniors present IB Extended Essays
Posted 01/03/2019 11:33AM

Front row, from left to right: Zeinab Mohamed, Jesus Analco-Morales, Jasmine Crohn, Nadia Hawkins, Stefany Martinez-Perez, Gao-je Vang, Lucy Kuempel, Audrey Zeleny. Back row, from left to right: Walter Nordin, Nadira Hussein, Hailee Schalwig, Abdullahi Sheikdon, Tenzin Nyingpo, Samantha Dean. Not pictured: Malina Om

Fridley High School seniors present IB Extended Essays 

Fridley High School, an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, hosted its ninth annual Silver Platter Breakfast Celebration on December 20, 2018. During the event, students who are enrolled in the full IB Diploma Programme (DP) presented their Extended Essay, a culminating research project for those pursuing the IB Diploma. This year, the celebration recognized 15 seniors who submitted their essays. 

The Fridley High School seniors have the opportunity to earn an IB Diploma by completing DP core classes, assessments and exams during their junior and/or senior years of high school. A requirement of the IB Diploma, the Extended Essay is an in-depth study of a focused topic, chosen within a subject group, intended to promote high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity. This 4,000-word essay encourages students to develop college-level independent research skills.

The Silver Platter Breakfast Celebration is an opportunity for students enrolled in the full DP to be recognized by their parents, teachers and peers for the high degree of academic rigor they have embarked on. The DP at Fridley High School is an intensive and challenging journey that greatly prepares the students enrolled for post-secondary success.

A tradition of the celebration, the keynote speaker of the event is a Fridley High School alum who earned his or her IB Diploma. This year’s speaker was Class of 2012 graduate Will Earley, who is now a mathematics teacher at Brooklyn Center High School. Earley earned his bachelor’s degree at University of Minnesota – Duluth (UMD). He taught in the Denver Public Schools system before returning to Minnesota. Although he currently resides near his alma mater, Earley has traveled to 17 countries around the world since graduating from Fridley. According to Earley, the IB Programme helped him develop an international mindset, as well as the interest to travel and immerse himself in different cultures.

Earley added that the rigor of the IB Programme readily prepared him for success at UMD.

“The unique approach that the IB Programme takes to teaching and learning is what has had the biggest impact on me. It’s what made me want to become an educator,” said Earley. “I saw that learning was more than just lectures and worksheets, and I wanted to provide that same process for my students in the future. I’m lucky to provide a world-class education for the students that I serve every day because of my education here at FHS.”

From left to right: Ben Stevenson (University of Minnesota - Twin Cities), Jennifer Ollila (University of Minnesota - Duluth) and Nicolas Fite (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Presentation of the IB Diplomas

In addition to the presentation of the Extended Essays, three Class of 2018 Fridley High School graduates returned to receive their IB Diplomas. As final examinations and assessments of earning the IB Diploma extends into June, the candidates learned that they were official recipients after high school graduation. The following three students, who are now college freshmen, earned the IB Diploma: Nicolas Fite (Georgia Institute of Technology), Jennifer Ollila (University of Minnesota - Duluth), and Benjamin Stevenson (University of Minnesota - Twin Cities).

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