On the evening of Jan 10th, students in grades 8-10 and their parents gathered both virtually and in the auditorium to learn about the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma.
8th grade Kilmer student and incoming Marshall freshman Briar McNerny attended the meeting with her mother and was intimidated by the amount of work pursuing the diploma entails.
“Before the meeting, I thought getting an IB diploma would be really difficult,” she said.
During the meeting, Marshall IB coordinators outlined necessary requirements in order to obtain the IB diploma. Additionally, IB candidates recounted their experiences.
“I think the most important part of the meeting was the student explanations,” McNerny said.
Sharing words of encouragement, juniors and seniors told the audience the hidden gems of pursuing the IB diploma.
“The adults made the IB diploma seem like this distant, impossible goal,” McNerny said, “but the IB diploma students made it seem less daunting.”
McNerny points out the importance of planning ahead when choosing classes.
“I feel like it would be a big commitment and is something that should be properly thought out beforehand,” she said.
Overall, McNerny found the meeting informative and was glad she went.
“I can honestly say that I don’t have any unanswered questions,” she said.
More information and a recording of the meeting about the IB program can be found here.