Inderkum High awards 91 International Baccalaureate diplomas and certificates

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For years, they worked for this moment.

Dozens of current or former Inderkum High School students received hard-earned International Baccalaureate (IB) diplomas or certificates Tuesday (Sept. 5) in a brief lunchtime awards ceremony while other students looked on.

Principal Dan Motherspaw and Jessica Downing, IB Diploma Programme Coordinator, presented the IB honors. Though many of the Tiger students graduated last May, IB exam scores had not yet been released, so diplomas and certificates had to wait a few months.

Mikaela Carrillo’s IB exam scores were well worth the wait: She earned 41 out of a possible 45 on her IB tests, which would have placed her in the two 2.5% of scores worldwide based on 2016 data. Comparable data for last year has not yet been released. Mikaela earned a $10,000 scholarship last year as Northern California’s top IB student.

Fifteen Inderkum Class of 2017 students earned full IB diplomas. Seventy-six other students earned IB certificates for taking one or more IB classes in their junior or senior year – including 16 students who took all required IB classes but fell short of a diploma in their test scores.

Alexis Atherley, now at UC Irvine, said that Inderkum’s IB program is “so rigorous, so challenging that it helps prepare you for the college environment.” Her IB chemistry class, for example, should be a big help in college as she majors in Bio-Sciences, said Alexis, who received an IB diploma Tuesday.

The IB Diploma Programme is a two-year course of study designed to create disciplined, responsible and well-rounded graduates by requiring advanced study in English, mathematics, a world language, history, social science, natural science, and either art or a qualifying elective in science or social science.

IB Diploma recipients are required to do extensive writing covering every subject area, complete in-depth research designed to prepare them for college-level research, and participate in projects involving creativity, action and service.

IB Diploma recipient Jakob Meuser, who plans to major in psychology or astrophysics at UCLA, said the extensive writing required to earn his Inderkum IB diploma will be particularly valuable in the years ahead.

Melissa Grunau said time management was crucial to earning her IB diploma – and something she’ll use at college.

Both also applauded the camaraderie among IB students.

“We all want to help each other out,” Melissa said. “We all have the same goal.”

The following students earned an IB Diploma:

Alexis Atherley

Jacobo Benitez

Mikaela Carrillo

Caitlin Crum

Melissa Grunau

Rodney Honrada Jr.

Kelly Lumaquin

Ideitd Mendez

Jakob Meuser

Cecilia Nguyen

Tiffany Poedyasmara

Jordan Stefani

Nathaniel Tisuela

Quintessence Townsend

Corban Yang