Randy Short Sussex Central’s first to earn International Baccalaureate diploma

GEORGETOWN – Randy Short of Frankford is the first student from Sussex Central High School to earn an International Baccalaureate diploma.

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Randy Short of Frankford is the first student from Sussex Central High School to earn an International Baccalaureate diploma.

Randy, who plans to attend the University of Delaware, was also the only student from Sussex County to earn an IB diploma in 2015. He graduated from Sussex Central High School on May 26.

Sussex Central’s International Baccalaureate program began in 2011. The Class of 2015 was the first to be eligible for the prestigious IB diploma. This internationally-recognized curriculum requires 11th and 12th grade students to take and test in six subjects over a two-year period while also completing core classes in reasoning, extended essay and “Creativity, Action and Service.”

Sussex Central is one of only five Delaware high schools to offer an IB diploma, which provides students with college credit, recruitment by top colleges and greater opportunities for grants and loans.

Randy completed course work and passed written exams in chemistry, math, history, art, English and Spanish. He also completed the “Theory of Knowledge” course, wrote a 4,000-word essay on a topic of his choosing and completed a community service project as part of the “Creativity, Action and Service” requirement.

Four other Sussex Central graduates also completed the full IB diploma program and will receive certificates, and possibly college credit, for courses in which they earned the required exam score. They were Jada Smack, Kathleen Mooney, Caitlyn Pawelek and Cecilia Canchanya.

Nine other SCHS students participated in the certificate program by taking individual IB courses during their junior and senior years.

Eighteen SCHS seniors in the Class of 2016 will pursue full IB diplomas in 2015-16.

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