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FHS IB Diploma candidates recognized at Silver Platter Celebration
Posted 12/19/2019 04:21PM
The 2019-20 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma candidates. Back row, left to right: Adam Johnson, Joshua Brandt, Eli Paton, Kane Hoff, Mykell Engle, Ridwan Ghedi. Front row: Connor McCoy, Devin Hanson, Chloe Cantlon, Asanti Ahmed, Baobai Xiong, Isabelle Olivera. Not pictured: Yangchen Namgyal.

Fridley High School, an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, hosted its ninth annual Silver Platter Breakfast Celebration on December 19, 2019. During the event, seniors who are enrolled in the full IB Diploma Programme (DP) presented their Extended Essays, a culminating research project for those pursuing the diploma. This year, the celebration recognized 13 seniors who submitted their essays. 

To earn an IB Diploma, students must complete DP core classes, and assessments and exams during their junior and/or senior years of high school. The Extended Essay is a 4,000-word, in-depth study of a focused topic intended to promote high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity. The process encourages students to develop college-level independent research skills.

A tradition of the celebration is to have an FHS alum who has earned the IB Diploma return as the keynote speaker. This year’s speaker was Class of 2016 graduate Praise Hall, who is currently a senior at prestigious Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Hall, a sociology and education major, is a 2019 Truman Scholar, which is a highly-competitive graduate scholarship for aspiring public service leaders in the United States. 

Hall, who was not able to attend the event, sent a video message commending the students on the work they have completed thus far in the DP.

“I don’t think you realize how much you are setting yourself up for success by completing the IB Diploma Programme,” said Hall. “I know that this program is extensive and thorough, and can be incredibly challenging. But when I arrived at college, I was used to balancing all aspects of my life and time management. The transition to the academic side of Bowdoin was also easier, because Fridley gave me an excellent foundation.” 

Presentation of the IB Diploma

In addition to the presentation of the Extended Essays, two FHS Class of 2019 graduates, Hailee Schalwig and Audrey Zeleny, returned to receive their IB Diplomas. Schalwig is currently attending Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla. and Zeleny attends Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. 

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