Spotlight on high school’s International Baccalaureate Diploma earners

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By Nick Nunn

Staff Writer

Among the 2013 International Baccalaureate (IB) class at the Morgan County High School (MHCS), which included a total of 29 IB Diploma candidates, 18 students earned an IB Diploma. Among the requirements for earning the IB Diploma are: compiling 24 or more points on six IB exams, completing an Extended Essay project, writing a Theory of Knowledge paper and completing 150 hours of service in the Community, Action, Service (CAS) program.

The maximum total points that a candidate can earn on the exams is 45, and Deana Shuman, coordinator of advanced programs at MCHS, stated that the highest a Morgan County candidate received this year was a total of 35 points, “which is really good,” said Shuman.

The awarding of 18 IB Diplomas this year marks a sharp increase from last year, when, according to Shuman, only eight Diplomas were awarded. Shuman attributes the rise to “great teachers and great students.”

Shuman also gave her opinion of next year’s IB class, saying, “They’re a smaller class, but I expect them to do really well. They’re an amazing class.”

Next year, MCHS will be adding IB Economics to the requirements for each IB Diploma candidate.

“There’s a bit of trepidation,” said Shuman about the students’ expectations of IB Economics. “It’s a scary subject for some.” The 2013-2014 school year will be the last school year that the MCHS will pay for its IB Diploma candidates to take the IB exams. MCHS will pay for the tests during this school year, although they will not pay for Advanced Placement Exams during the 2013-2014 school year.

According to the International Baccalaureate Organization’s (IBO) website (, the student registration fee for the tests is $151 in the U.S., and exams cost $104 each.

Since IB Diploma candidates must take six exams in order to earn the diploma, the total cost to the student will be $775 to take the IB exams in 2015 at MCHS, as long as the IBO does not increase its fees.


This most recent class of IB Diploma earners, a total of 18, marked a sharp increase from last year’s eight Diplomas awarded.

Tyler Matthew Efird

Sandrine Helene Gauthier

Garrett Mark Godbey

Campbell Lane Harrison

Morgan Fay Hicky

Camden Earl Hutcheson

Andrew Phillip McHugh

Jacob William Misuraca

Anna Lauren Nolan

Sara Peyton Nunn

Reed John Pagett

McKinlie Adell Ramsey

Austin John Ross

Bailey John Ross

Benjamin Ryan Thurston

Sutton McGavock Trulock

Mitcham Clayton Tuell

Ellen Marie Wilson

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