IB Diploma Scholars 2018

Three 2018 Park Center Senior High graduates -- Daija Hobin, Henry Huynh, and Ziyne Abdo -- earned the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Hear from each of the scholars themselves talk about how the IB Diploma Program has prepared them for their next step by clicking on the photos or links below.

Earning the IB Diploma is a rigorous, two-year process that requires students to complete challenging coursework and take exams in six areas, give back to their community through service learning projects totaling 150 hours, and write a 4,000-word essay.  

Many colleges and universities offer college credits to students with IB Diplomas, which allow students to save money in tuition costs and potentially graduate and join the workforce earlier than their peers. Students with IB Diplomas are highly regarded by colleges and universities because they:

  • know how to do independent research
  • have a demonstrated foreign language skill
  • contribute a global perspective to current events
  • have given back to their communities through volunteerism and community service
  • study the language, history and arts of diverse cultures, and approach problems from multiple perspectives
  • have above-average time management skills
  • and are exceedingly well-prepared for the rigor of college-level coursework

Any Park Center Senior High student is eligible to take an IB course offered in a variety of subjects. Students who are interested in the IB Diploma Program are able to self-enroll and should contact IB Diploma Coordinator Mike Cassidy (763-569-7776).

Daija HobinHear from Daija Hobin

“Now I have the confidence to take classes I don’t think I would have otherwise.”

Future plans: Attending Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota

Title of thesis: The power of authority on individuality in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451

Community service project: Organized a performance at a retirement home




Henry Huynh

Hear from Henry Huynh

“I really feel like IBS [International Baccalaureate Scholar program] helped us prepare for the level of difficulty that college might have.”

Future plans: Studying engineering at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Title of thesis: The​ ​role​ ​of​ ​morality​ ​in​ ​Stephen King’s​ ​The​ ​Green​ ​Mile

Community service project: Organized a performance at a retirement home





Ziyne Abdo

Hear from Ziyne Abdo

“I really do feel like the IB program set me up for success once I go off to college because I’ll be prepared for the workload no matter how heavy it is.”

Future plans: Studying film and television production and math at New York University in New York City, New York City

Title of thesis:The depiction of the effect of divorce on women in the films Boyhood and A Separation

Community service project: Painted a mural about diversity and togetherness that is displayed at Park Center Senior High