Senior IB students’ hard work gets recognized at pinning ceremony

Aidan Bush, Staff Writer – October 29, from 5:30-6:30 P.M., Lecanto High School [LHS] held a ceremony for seniors in the International Baccalaureate [IB] program. Being in the IB program means having to work intensely through challenging coursework to provide students with a broad and detailed education.  The purpose of this ceremony was to award those who have been in the program throughout their high school careers with an IB pin. The seniors also got professional pictures taken with their families to commemorate the night. Various teachers spoke at the event, congratulating the IB students for getting as far as they have.

The students seemed to enjoy the event and thought it was a special moment.

The seniors stand at the Curtis-Peterson Auditorium (Photo: Woodside's Photgraphy).

Senior IB students prepare to be pinned in Curtis Peterson Auditorium (Photo: Woodside’s Photgraphy).

“It’s a big stepping stone,” said senior Dana Houpt.

Isadora Ferber, senior, felt the event showed how close students of the IB program are.

“I did enjoy the event, because the IB class feels like a family,” Ferber said.

Parents were a huge part of the ceremony, not only because the students got pictures taken with them, but also because the parents were the ones who put the pins on the students.

Darrick Buettner, IB program coordinator, felt the event was special because it showed how important family is to a student’s academic progress.

“The ceremony is a time to recognize that our students are successful because of the parents,” Buettner said.

Mainly, though, the event is a celebration of the students’ accomplishments so far. All of the pinned students have lasted two years in the IB program, which is widely regarded as a difficult task.

“It was special to share all my accomplishments with my family and friends, and to show how far we have come through the program,” senior Allison Cornelius said.