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IB Students Recognized at Annual Pinning Ceremony

Commemoration of ‘Pinnacle’ Ambition at the IB Annual Pinning Ceremony
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Samantha Gitlin
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme held its Annual Pinning Ceremony on Nov. 30 to honor the classes of 2024 and 2025. Parents, teachers, and administrators, among other supportive audience members, gathered in the Miller Campus to celebrate the students’ achievements. Juniors and seniors recieved pins to commemorate their participation in the two-year international education program.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme held its Annual Pinning Ceremony on Nov. 30 to celebrate the classes of 2024 and 2025. Juniors and seniors received pins to commemorate their participation in the two-year international education program.

“The pinning ceremony honors upperclassmen who have chosen to take on a very challenging program, both those who have completed more than a year of the program and those who are still at the onset of their journey,” the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Coordinator, Harold Ott, explained. “It is an opportunity to celebrate the ambition of IB students with their loved ones in attendance to support them.”

Ott chose the theme of the event, ‘Building Bridges’ to commemorate the interdisciplinary nature of the IB program. The thought process behind the theme came from his trip to Pigeon Key, a small island in the Florida Keys.

“The island played a pivotal role in the building of the Seven Mile Bridge, which was one of the most ambitious projects of its day, and it seemed like an apt metaphor for the endeavors of IB students where they have to build bridges in their minds and also make connections between cultures and disciplines and so on,” Ott said.

Parents, teachers, and administrators, among other supportive audience members, gathered in the Miller Campus to celebrate the students’ achievements. The event commenced with a speech from senior Ivan Pankov. Pankov discussed the IB program’s impact as a whole, as well as his personal journey as a student in the program.

“It was a great opportunity to share an appreciation for what the IB program has done for us as lifelong learners,” Pankov said.

Following the juniors’ initiation, Ott recited each of the IB seniors’ Extended Essay topics as they walked across the stage to receive their silver lapel pin badges.

“Overall, it was a really great event, but I especially appreciated that they announced our Extended Essays,” senior Nicolas Perez said. “My Extended Essay is on the role that Purdue Pharma Distribution of OxyContin played in the US Opioid Crisis, and I have worked really hard on it so far, so it was nice that it was spotlighted.”

Not only were students enthusiastic, but their parents were also overjoyed to see their respective children getting recognized for their academic accomplishments.

“It was wonderful to hear about all the great projects that the students are working on,” Adriana Martinez said.

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Anya Gruener, Managing Editor
Anya Gruener is currently the managing editor of “The Raider Voice” and the editor in chief of the Print Magazine. Gruener has been in the staff since freshman year, having held the position of multimedia editor in the past. She greatly enjoys creating both video packages and articles. Within the school community, Gruener is also the Student Body President, the Health Information Project President, the Don’t Close Your Eyes Club President, and the Jewish Student Union Vice-President.
Samantha Gitlin, Editor-in-Chief
Sami Gitlin is a senior and Editor-in-Chief for "The Raider Voice". This is her third year as a full staff member, and she is looking forward to growing as a writer and a journalist. Sami loves to write about the community, breaking news, and controversial topics.

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