21 Sacred Heart students receive International Baccalaureate diplomas

Twenty-one members of the Sacred Heart Academy class of 2012 have earned the full International Baccalaureate diploma awarded by the International Baccalaureate Organization based in Geneva, Switzerland.

The recipients of these diplomas and the universities they now attend are as follows:

Courtney Brinkman (The George Washington University), Grace Daly (St. Louis University), Emily Daunhauer (St. Louis University), Anne Ewing (Georgetown University), Sophia Faltin (Wake Forest University), Hannah Feldkamp (University of Louisville Speed School), Constance Finney (University of Louisville Speed School), Megan Hart (Butler University), Rachel Hill (University of Southern California), Laura Humble (Centre College), Catherine Kosse (The George Washington University), Meredith Lipp (The United States Naval Academy), Kiara McNamara (Boston College), Lydia Meena (Georgetown University), Christina Pecha (University of Louisville), Graham Pilotte (University of Notre Dame), Rebecca Sears (University of Louisville), Allison Spanyer (Colgate University), Alexandra Squire (Bentley University), Emily Wessel (Miami University of Ohio) and Ashley Wicker (University of Richmond).

According to a news release from the school, these students earned the IB diploma by fulfilling the following requirements: following a rigorous curriculum of IB courses over two years, completing and satisfactorily passing 25 hours of international exams, submitting a variety of other assessments tied to each course, completing a minimum of 150 hours of CAS (creativity, action and service) and writing a 4,000-word extended essay on a topic of their choice under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

One hundred percent of Sacred Heart’s May 2012 IB diploma candidates earned the diploma. This compares to a rate of 78 percent in the world, the release said. In 12 years, 271 Sacred Heart Academy graduates have earned IB diplomas, for an overall success rate of 96 percent.

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