First ninth-grade class gets promoted from Treasure Mountain |

First ninth-grade class gets promoted from Treasure Mountain

The ninth graders at Treasure Mountain International Middle School are pioneers.

This year’s grade realignment makes them the first ninth-grade class to be promoted from the middle school.

They are also the first class in the district to have worked towards the International Certificate, awarded to students who complete the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program.

Principal Bob O’Connor welcomed the audience, and said it was determined this class needed a special celebration because over two-thirds of the class attended the school for four years. As a result, it was decided a promotion would be held followed by a dance hosted by the Parent Teacher Student Organization at the Snyderville Basin Recreation center.

IB Middle Years Program Implementation Program Consultant, Beth Hoburg, presented the International Certificates. Before awarding them she read student reactions to the personal project they had to complete as a culmination for the program.

Some of the students reactions were:

"I am feeling very overwhelmed right now because it is so self-driven."

"I have really learned the value of free time."

Other students wrote how stressful the project was, but also meaningful because it helped them take responsibility for their actions.

"Congratulations to all of our young people and their willingness to work towards realizing their potential," Hoburg said.

She and co-coordinator of the personal project Courtney Elliott presented International Certificates to 57 students.

"You’ll be recognized as pioneers at the International School," O’Connor said after the certificates had been handed out.

Dolly Duke, a ninth-grader, gave a speech to the students and said she was very happy about the grade realignment because it gave her the opportunity to meet new people.

"Now we’re all like one big family," she said.

From learning to write a college essay to kindling a desire to travel Duke said, "I learned so much from all of my classes this year."

She also extended a word of appreciation to those who have helped her along the away.

"My thanks go out to all the teachers, the principals, and all the staff," Duke said and went on to thank the Parent Teacher Organization for planning dances and providing honor roll treats.

Duke concluded by reflecting on what the evening meant to her.

"We are finally high school students, so let’s go out and celebrate," she said.

The night was held in honor of Shannon McInerney, a student at Treasure Mountain International School who passed away earlier this year.

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