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									8 - Feature                                                           Tracy High School - Scholar & Athlete                                                       March 26, 2010

S IB diploma challenging
TI                                Rigorous Requirements: Elite achievement takes years of dedication

                               By Emily Jerger
StudentsOfTheIssue             EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
                                              tudents looking for
                                              a challenge and
                                              prestige should look
                                              no further than the
                               Baccalaureate (IB) diploma.
                                  “The diploma is a very ambi-
                               tious goal. It requires determina-
                               tion and hard work,” senior can-
 Natalie Craig
                               didate Natasha Dias said.
 JUNIOR                           Students attempt to earn the IB
 Craig won the most            diploma, because it helps prepare
 awards for the                them for the future and also gives
 recent AcaDec
                                                them an advan-
 county competition.
    Who has been the                            tage over other
 biggest influence in                           college      appli-
 your life?                                     cants.
 “My brother has had a
                                                   However, the
 huge impact on my life by
 motivating me to be intel-                     e x t r e m e l y
 lectually curious and to                       demanding
 challenge myself.”            Dias             expectations may
    What are your hob-         be too difficult for some students.
 “My time is taken up by          In order to even qualify for the
 school activities. I’m in     IB diploma, students must take
 Key Club, Scientifically      six IB classes during both junior
 Speaking, Science
                               and senior years.
 Olympiad, and AcaDec.
 I’m also an IB Diploma           Three of those classes must be        WORKING on an assignment, senior Julia Hand puts in hours to complete her homework.
 Candidate, leaving little     higher-level, two-year courses,          Many students spend hours every night working to complete the rigorous assignments nec-
 time for other activities.”                                            essary in order to earn an IB diploma.                  Photo by Emily Jerger/Scholar & Athlete
                               including Theory of Knowledge,
    If my life had a           and the other three must be one-
 title it would be?                                                     get the diploma,” IB Director        choice.                               nate, everything can get done.”
 “IB: A Story of Love and      year courses. At the end of the          Terri Sorgent said. “Students who       The program also requires 150          The schedule keeps candidates
 Hate”                         school year, the students must           don’t pass are usually within one    Creativity, Action, and Service
                                                                                                                                                   busy, but the experience can be
                               take tests in each of these classes,
                                                                        or two points away. The differ-      hours (CAS). This includes not        beneficial, even without taking
                               as well as internal assessments.
                                                                        ence is that those who pass are      only community service, but also      into consideration the diploma
                                  Each test is scored on a scale
                                                                        committed to getting high scores,    personal improvement hours.           itself.
                               of one to seven, and in order to
                                                                        while others are trying to sneak        “Because of the CAS hours,
                               qualify for the diploma, students                                                                                       “The IB program in general,
                               must receive a total score above         by.”                                 the diploma candidate must be
                                                                                                                                                   prepares you with skills that you
                               24.                                         As if that weren’t enough, can-   well-rounded,” senior candidate
                                                                                                                                                   unknowingly gain throughout the
                                  “Every year we have 80 to 85          didates must each write a 4,000      Ryan Ng said. “You can’t just
                                                                        word essay on their topic of                                               years,” Dias said. “ Friends who
                               percent of the candidates actually                                            pass the classes and expect to get
                                                                                                                                                   have recently graduated from
                                                                                                             the diploma.”
                                                                                                                The life of an IB diploma can-     Tracy High told me that the fresh-
Janine Chua                                                                                                  didate is exceedingly stressful.      man year at a UC is easier than
SENIOR                                                                                                       With all of the classes and assess-   senior year in IB. I can’t wait for
Chua won the jour-
                                                                                                             ments, it is difficult for students   that.”
nalism competition
at the county Mock                                                                                           to get everything finished.               The IB diploma is definitely a
Trial competition.                                                                                              “The mantra to live by in IB is    great achievement, but not every-
    What is the most
                                                                                                             prioritizing, where you maximize      one is cut out for the stressful and
important thing you
have ever learned?                                                                                           your time for assignments,” Dias      demanding requirements.
“I have learned the signifi-                                                                                 said.                                     “I don’t know if I would rec-
cance of taking risks in                                                                                        The normal day for a diploma
pursuing dreams. Taking
                                                                                                                                                   ommend just anyone for the IB
that leap of faith can
                                                                                                             candidate consists of a zero peri-    diploma, but I do know that I
make all the difference.”                                                                                    od, followed by hours of              would choose to do it again,”
    Dream job?                                                                                               advanced classes, and a night of
“I would love to have a job                                                                                                                        Hand said. “It is definitely worth
                                                                                                             anywhere from two to five hours
that pertains to music and                                                                                                                         it.”
writing because I am pas-                                                                                    of homework.
                                                                                                                                                       Students who are interested in
sionate about these sub-                                                                                        Despite the hectic schedule,
ject areas.”                                                                                                                                       going for this prestigious diploma
                                                                                                             some students handle it well, and
    Biggest fear?                                                                                                                                  should not take the matter lightly.
“I am fearful of spiders!”
                                                                                                             even make time for sports.
                                                                                                                “After school I go to soccer           “It’s a tremendous commit-
    What are your
goals after high                                                                                             practice, go home to do some          ment,” Sorgent said. “Be sure you
school?                                                                                                      homework, go back to school for       want to do it.”
“I want to attend a four-
                                                                                                             cheer, and then go home to finish         Candidates will be taking the
year university, pursue a
career in biology, and a                                                                                     my work,” senior candidate Julia      IB tests in May, and will find out
                               ARRIVING in the early morning darkness, Geno Urbano,
sideline in music.”                                                                                          Hand said. “If you manage your        in July whether or not they will
                               Raina Cheema, and Conrad Jayne attend their Theory of
                               Knowledge class at 7 a.m. Photo by Justin Vargas/Scholar & Athlete            time wisely and don’t procrasti-      have earned the IB diploma.

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