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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Students honored for achieving IB Middle Years Program certificates

More than 320 high-achieving 10th-graders from Annandale, Mount Vernon, South Lakes, and JEB Stuart high schools were honored at a ceremony May 20 at Stuart for completing the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP).

The Annandale High School Strings Ensemble entertained visitors as they viewed displays of students’ projects. Principals presented certificates to 89 Annandale students and 56 Stuart students. Speakers encouraged the students to pursue the International Baccalaureate diploma in high school.

To receive the IBMYP certificates, students have to take the rigorous IBMYP curriculum in grades 6-10 (including a foreign language, humanities, arts, advanced mathematics, and technology), participate in community service, and complete an individual project.

The personal project must be “a significant body of work produced over an extended period.” It can take the form of a 2,000 to 2,500-word essay; an original piece of art; literary fiction; an original science experiment; an invention; or the presentation of a business plan.  

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