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About half of the students who complete the extended essay presented at the showcase.

About half of the students who complete the extended essay presented at the showcase.

Amanda Figueroa

Amanda Figueroa

About half of the students who complete the extended essay presented at the showcase.

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On Thursday, Jan. 25, while most students were enjoying their minimum day at home or out and about, a small group of IB diploma candidate seniors went back to school to showcase their extended essays. These 4,000 word documents which, for most of them, took the entire summer to complete, were celebrated in front of family, friends and juniors who intend to complete the diploma.

Each presenter had their chance at the podium to share their experiences and advice. In addition to the traditional advice like “don’t procrastinate,” senior Stephanie Wang offered, “Going to the summer school class is very beneficial. Also, be sure to take advantage of having advisors. You have them for a reason.”

Many students also agreed, though the process was grueling in some aspects, that they were able to find their way through it and that the process was wholly worth it. “[The showcase] eased my nerves, as someone who is going in blindly,” said Alyssa Casto, junior, in regards to senior advice about the process. Clarissa Jara, junior, said, “I thought it would have some sort of prompt; it’s good knowing that you can choose what you want to write about.”

Many seniors who will be graduating with the IB diploma this year have found that the essay helped them grow as a person and as a scholar. Though they spent much time perfecting their essays, some of them looked back and wished to add to them now that they have acquired further knowledge.

Andrew Barron, senior, said “I was proud with my end result, knowing what I knew at the time. Now that I know about all of the literary theories, I think that I could add to it.” Senior Clarisse Guevarra found that taking Mrs. Bonnie Shockey’s IB English HL class would have helped her on her literature extended essay. Stephanie would have liked to apply what she learned as well, but said that she already had to cut out much of her essay due to the word limit.

In addition to celebrating the students’ accomplishments, the showcase also had a special significance in that it allowed the students to express their appreciation to Mrs. Margo Wilcox, who will be retiring in June. Many of the students credited their success to her and thanked her for her role in teaching and guiding them. Students who had extended essays in the subject of math also thanked Mrs. Mary Plecas, who is also retiring.

The students who submitted extended essays will have their essays catologed into the CO library collection, officially making them published authors. Their essays will be immortalized in Charter Oak’s library, among those of past students.

Students do not have to be diploma candidates to write an extended essay. Any student in the IB program can gain the research and writing skills required by the process.

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