Northport High School Honors IB Students

Northport High School Honors IB Students Photo

Forty Northport High School seniors were commended on May 25 during the school’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Program’s Recognition Ceremony.

Superintendent of Schools Robert Banzer, administrators, board members, faculty and family members attended the ceremony where IB Diploma Program Coordinator Wayne Jensen welcomed the crowd. He explained the significance of the evening and praised the students for their achievement.

“You have become remarkable thinkers who actively seek opportunities for independent learning,” said Jensen. “Tonight represents the culmination of two years of hard work and the completion of a program that along with many other factors, has played a substantial role in shaping the person you are today.”

To complete the IB Diploma Program, each student was challenged to take six IB courses from across the major content groups. These included studies in language and literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, the arts and electives.

Throughout the ceremony, several independent awards were presented to deserving students. Thomas Dowling, Jr. and Blake Stoddard received the IB Theory of Knowledge Award, Malena Farber and Caitlin Johnson both received the $500 Deborah A. Shavalier Memorial Scholarship, while Sarah Abodalo took home the $1,000 scholarship. Abodalo was also presented with the IB Diploma Teacher Recognition Award along with Laura Dayton for their dedication in the classroom.

IB students Sean Chin and John Charles Unser presented their senior address, highlighting their positive program experience and the IB Dance students performed. In addition, IB student Ceylan Swenson shared her senior poem that she wrote specifically for the occasion titled, “There Once Was A Competent Student.”

At the conclusion of the ceremony, each member of the IB Diploma Class of 2017 was awarded a certificate from Principal Daniel Danbusky for their high achievement and were invited to enjoy a reception in the school cafeteria to celebrate.