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The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

The student news site of St. Louis Park High School

The Echo

IB diploma – two years in review

IB diploma – two years in review

Tenzin Gyaldatsang May 18, 2022

After nearly two years of being a candidate in the International Baccalaureate (IB), I can truly say I’ve experienced the highs and lows of the program, from cramming for history tests to passing exams...

In a practice room, junior Greta Runyon and Gretchen Huebsch study sheet music May 9. In order to keep up with an IB course-load, the Independent Study Wind Ensemble allows students to practice band on their own time.

Study hall aims to help IB diploma candidates

For several students, balancing the responsibilities of being a full-time band student and achieving the IB diploma has become increasingly difficult.  Resulting from the blow the band program took...

IB Extended Essay advisor Jane Dorn talks to senior Ella Runyan about the Extended Essay during Park Connections Nov. 13. IB Diploma candidates are required to write a 4,000 word essay called the Extended Essay.

Decreased enrollment in IB diploma program

Lily Nugteren, Katie Nelson, and Elena Ortiz-Fishman November 13, 2021

After having lost all previous International Baccalaureate diploma teachers to retirement, diploma candidates are having a hard time re-adjusting. Senior Ilhan Abdi said the whole program feels unfamiliar. “All...

Senior IB candidates look forward to celebration

Senior IB candidates look forward to celebration

Johanna Kaplan February 8, 2021

Every year, students who complete the International Baccalaureate (IB) program are tasked to write an “extended essay” which spans over a year-long process. To celebrate its completion, seniors have...

Senior and junior IB buddies meet over Zoom Nov. 17. The buddies meet every other Monday during Park Connections.

IB buddy program helpful for budding candidates

Jacob Khabie November 18, 2020

As junior Semona Robel starts her path to become an IB diploma candidate, she said she was concerned about the workload that would come with the courses, as well as lack of free time. “My main concern...

Graduate Cole Beaton speaks during the IB Diploma presentation Aug. 12 in C350. Recipients introduced themselves, thanked those who helped them and spoke about what IB has done for them.

IB Diploma recipients honored

Noah Orloff August 21, 2019

From the moment class of 2019 graduate Katie Hardie found out she had received the International Baccalaureate Diploma, she said she knew she had to thank those who helped her along the journey.  “My...

IB Diploma proves worthwhile for candidates

IB Diploma proves worthwhile for candidates

William Phelan May 31, 2018

On May 16th, my IB testing concluded with the Spanish B SL exam. 22 hours of sitting in a desk over the course of the last two weeks, taking some of the highest pressure tests of my life thus far. However,...

Senior Mitchell Vortherms participates in a dodgeball game during Snodaze week. Seniors Mahamed Mahamed, Megan Perkins and Hanna Schechter are hosting a fundraiser in the form of a dodgeball tournament April 18 in the old gym.

IB Diploma candidates to hold dodgeball tournament

Nicole Sanford April 6, 2018

As the school year comes to a close, senior Mahamed Mahamed said he, alongside seniors Megan Perkins and Hanna Schechter, are organizing a fundraiser in the form of a dodgeball tournament to complete the...

Senior Freja Olsen teaches members how to knit at the first meeting. Their next meeting will take place once she checks in with all the members availability.

Project seeks to help refugees

Delaney Wallerich November 9, 2016

When senior Freja Olsen heard about Syrian refugees, she felt moved to help by gathering a group of students to knit hats. AP psychology teacher Sarah Lindenberg said all IB diploma candidates are required...

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