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Hoover H.S. "Pins" 37 I.B. Juniors

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29-September-2016 (HHS) - In late September, Hoover High School not only pinned thirty-seven new International Baccalaureate (IB) inductees, it also celebrated the program's 20th year.

The Class of 2018 IB Pinning Ceremony was held in the school's theater and included introductory remarks by program seniors.

"IB is a family. It is a group of students that challenges itself every day. The program itself is full of different cultures and different people and that in itself makes it special. The diversity and different viewpoints IB provides are some of the most valuable things you can learn from the program; because let's face it, in the real world, not everyone is going to be just like you and IB is a great example of that," senior Nour Moughnyeh said.

In her remarks, Moughnyeh also encouraged the new inductees to relish the rare IB experience.

"Being in IB makes a school seem smaller in that, you can not only make a more personal connection with your fellow students, but also your teachers," Moughnyeh said. "As I look back on my high school experience, the one thing that stands out to me is IB. I hope that next year, when you juniors are standing (on the HHS theater stage), that is the one thing you will remember." 

Parents of IB students, community leaders, school administrators, and other guests were in attendance for the pinning ceremony. Mr. Brad Coltrane, who also teaches English at Hoover High School, serves as coordinator of the IB program, which began in 1997. IB offers a second diploma track for students, as well as the option to pick and choose individual IB courses to fulfill local and state graduation requirements. IB students complete projects, labs, papers, and IB-specific exams which test their knowledge across a broad spectrum of disciplines.  The rigorous process helps develop students' critical thinking skills. Hoover High School is one of only eleven schools in Alabama offering the IB diploma. Approximately 3,000 IB schools exist worldwide, serving 800,000 students in 139 countries.

The IB Pinning Ceremony at Hoover High School lasted a little less than an hour, with senior students pinning their junior counterparts, including senior Sophia Lu. Lu - who delivered the closing remarks - acknowledged the program's strong leadership, its value to students, and the tremendous support that makes the whole experience possible.

"Without the support of Hoover (City Schools/Board of Education), and Hoover High School, this cannot be the 20th year."



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