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home : education : education January 25, 2015

8/14/2013 2:37:00 PM
Wilson students head for college with IB diplomas

Twenty six students in the International Baccalaureate Program in the Wilson High School Class of 2013 received their International Baccalaureate (IB) diplomas. Students receiving an IB diploma and the college/university they will attend this fall include: Joyce Biaco and Heather Springs, College of Charleston; Emily Chen, University of Pennsylvania; Megan Cielo, Matthew Josey, Anthony Mantone, Jacques Matthee, Alexander Sferrella, and Preston Stone, Clemson University; Allan Copp, Jordan Woodberry, Wofford University; Rachel Davis, University of Chicago; Elisa Gandy, Juanita McLeod, Kristian Suarez, University  of South Carolina; Hannah Garand, Caroline Granger, Jessica Mayo, Francis Marion University; Margaret Johnson, USC Honors College; Paul Lee, Malcolm Nowlin, and Meghana Rao, Duke University; Virginia Moore, Furman University; Zachary Smith, Tufts University; Cody Smithey, The Citadel; Anna Zlotnicki, Savannah College of Art & Design. The 2013 IB senior class diploma candidates were offered scholarships totaling nearly $475,000 next year.  The renewable portion of this money brings the total in scholarships to $1.9 million. An International Baccalaureate Diploma is awarded to students who complete a rigorous course of study by taking six courses in a minimum of five different subject groups. In addition to taking the six exams, these students also complete a Theory of Knowledge course, an extended essay, which is an independently researched 4000 word paper, and 150 hours of community service. According to District 1 IB coordinator Patty Evans, the percentage of diploma candidates receiving a diploma for the class of 2013 was 78.78%. The minimum number of points needed to earn an IB Diploma is 24, and the average score of Wilson High School students who received a diploma was 28. The highest number of points earned by a Wilson candidate was 39.  Evans also added, “The exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 7, and 4 or above is considered a passing grade.  The average score on an examination was 4.43. Wilson students exceeded the world average in English Literature, History of the Americas, and Visual Arts. Because of the scores on their IB exams, most of the students will exempt from a semester to a year of university work.” For more information about the IB Program in Florence 1 call Patty Evans at 843-673-1188 (pevans@fsd1. org) or Jennifer Hill at 843-664-8162 (

Galloway Mosley
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