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    Students Stare down a New Program

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    MacKenzie Bunn

    The IB program is meant to provide new, exciting opportunities for all students — but some are still apprehensive. Not everyone is interested in the stress of the IB Diploma program.  

    “It sounded cool. But they were promoting like the whole nine yards,” freshman Azeil McConnel said. “I’m just trying to get past high school. Like, regular classes with great grades is my goal.” 

    Freshman Trait Montero agreed. “Advanced classes sound cool, but I struggle a lot. I’m not sure how a 504 and IEP work with advanced stuff.” 

    This year’s freshmen are a full year away from deciding whether they want to take IB courses or try the diploma program. Still, in November, freshmen were required to attend an interest meeting for IB during Viking Time.  

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    “I don’t think anyone in our grade really cares about it,” Montero said. “The only people really caring are people that have their life all laid out.”

    Sophomores, on the other hand, are the first to choose whether or not to take IB classes. In the coming weeks, students will make decisions on their course schedule for next year. 

    “The thing that scares me is it’s still an unknown thing,” sophomore Abby Landes said. “I just hope everything goes well. And we all get good-ish grades.” 

    Since their freshman year, sophomores have been aware of this new program coming to Valley. Some are making plans to pursue the diploma program, others are interested in just a few classes. 

    Landes is looking to take classes in a couple subjects, hoping to step up her academics in English, science and theater. 

    “The ones I want to do are kind of my strong suits,” Landes said. “It’s still gonna be hard because it’s the IB program, but I feel like it’s gonna be easier for me.” 

    Sophomore Levi Kneeland shares Landes’ interest in IB courses, but they don’t see IB courses fitting into their schedule. 

    “There’s definitely a lot of possibilities that I want to pursue. I’m just trying to figure out what best to prioritize,” Kneeland said. 

    Still, Kneeland is concerned about the additional stress this program may cause students, concerned about how parents might force their kids to take these difficult courses. 

    “It can be pressuring with all of the extra things that we have going on,” Kneeland said.

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    Ash Woerner
    Ash Woerner, Opinion Editor
    My name is Ash Woerner (they/them) and I’m a junior here at Valley. I’m starting my second year on staff as an opinion editor!

    Outside of school and its related activities, I enjoy indulging various obsessions, including my current fixation on British horror podcast, "The Magnus Archives." I have a deep passion and affection for aesthetics, tea and the oxford comma. I’m hopeful for what the future holds for me here at The Viking!

    MacKenzie Bunn
    MacKenzie Bunn, News, Campus, & Media Editor
    Hello, my name's MacKenzie (though I also go by Mac) and I'm a senior at Valley. This is my third year on staff, and though I primarily work as a News and Campus editor here, I also love to help with photos, videos, and infographics. Additionally, I manage the design and analytics of the site.

    Outside of newspaper, I love helping others and giving back to my community: whether it be running Women’s Empowerment Club, Loudoun Valley Service Initiative, National Science Honor Society, or being a PEER helper, uplifting those around me is my passion. In newspaper, I similarly try to help people reach informed conclusions about current events, while providing snapshots of life on campus that they can cherish down the line.

    When I find some downtime, you can see me on the sidelines of football and basketball games, drawing, spending time with my dog, and baking. I'm so excited to continue my time with The Viking and to grow even more as a writer, editor, and leader alongside the rest of the staff!
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