IB Grads Celebrate Success

IB Grads Celebrate Success
Posted on 09/22/2016

Students at Lincoln High School celebrate their success as results for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme were published across the world this summer. All of Lincoln’s IB full diploma graduates are headed to universities this fall to attend colleges such as the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, University of Wisconsin – Madison, and Marquette University.

“Being a part of IB was one of the most challenging and rewarding things I've ever done. Everyday was a new adventure on how to learn and manage your time but each and everyday also prepared me for the real world. Now, sitting in my college classes I've never felt more able and ready to take on the challenge. IB has helped me tremendously in ways beyond scholastic measures, this program has helped me look at the world from different perspectives and encouraged me to take part in making the world a better place.”  -Nicole Palama, 2016 LHS IB graduate


Thirty-five students took IB Diploma examinations this year, with a total of 328 exams written by these students.  The University of Wisconsin Board of Regent policy requires all University of Wisconsin System campuses to award college credit for scores of 4, 5, 6, or 7 on higher level (HL) IB examinations.  Students in IB programs may receive up to eight semester credits at the University of Minnesota for each higher-level (HL) subject passed with a grade of five or higher. Additional credit will be awarded to students who complete the full diploma programme.  For example, Emma Dill earned 28 credits at the UM – Twin Cities. 

Lincoln High School students Ashley Delsman, Emma Dill, Avery Jessel, and Kenley Smith, earned their full International Baccalaureate Diploma and join nearly 77,000 others in the United States who took the IB Diploma Programme this year, and join a community of more than 1,493,820 IB diploma graduates in 136 countries across the world.

Manitowoc Lincoln is proud to serve our students and community as one of only 14 IB schools in the state of Wisconsin. Our IB teachers integrate knowledge, skills, and activities that engage students in enjoyable, thought-provoking, and meaningful work with their peers. Through study and conversation with their peers and teachers, IB students explore information and issues from a global context, supporting the generation of ideas and solutions with the potential to benefit all individuals and the societies they live in.” -Luke Valitchka, Principal Lincoln High School

Lincoln High School has been offering the International Baccalaureate’s IB Diploma Programme since 2007 and is one of fourteen Wisconsin schools authorized to offer the program.  There are currently 892 schools offering the Diploma Program in the United States.

”I met some amazing people I most likely would have never met otherwise. I was exposed to in depth studies that did not simply make me memorize and regurgitate the information.  Through this program I was thoroughly challenged and prepared for college--not to mention the credits I received let me skip my whole freshman year!”  -Megan Reinhart, LHS class of 2014

Research suggests many benefits to choosing the DP. The programme aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. The program is designed to give students a broad, well-rounded international education and the skills needed for success at university and beyond.

Drew Deutsch, Director, IB Americas, International Baccalaureate says:  “By providing critical thinking skills in addition to a breadth of experience and knowledge, the IB Diploma Programme ideally prepares students for both higher education and the world of work. Those who have achieved their IB Diploma today should feel confident that they are already a step ahead.  I wish students from Lincoln High School the very best and I look forward to hearing from you and about your accomplishments through our global network of IB alumni.”

For more information on Lincoln High School’s International Baccalaureate Program, please visit www.manitowocpublicschools.org/services/ib or contact Rachael George, IB Coordinator at LHS (920) 663-9667.  More information about IB in general can be found at www.ibo.org

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