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Booker High School’s AICE program students received prestigious awards from Cambridge Assessment International Education to acknowledge their outstanding performance in the June 2022 Cambridge examination series.
A total of 47 students receiving awards; three earned the Scholar Award with Distinction, 21 earned the Scholar Award with Merit, and 25 earned the Scholar Award.
Students earning the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards demonstrate exceptional achievement on the Cambridge Exams, rigorous assessments designed to evaluate such skills as critical thinking, problem solving, analysis, and other skills highly sought after at the university level.
School principal Dr. Rachel Shelley said the trend in awards the school receives is exponentially positive.
“Each year, we graduate significantly more AICE Diploma scholars and receive more awards of distinction, a great testament to the incredible work of our amazing students and their dedicate teachers,” she said.
In analyzing the data, Booker AICE Coordinator Chris Hutchinson noted that the accomplishment is greater than it may appear initially.
“Booker is the smallest school in the district, by far,” he said. “For being about half the size of other programs, the number of distinguished scholars and diploma earners we produce is impressive.”
"The AICE Program truly enriched my time at Booker High School. My freshman year, I took a number of Pre-AICE classes, and then my sophomore and junior years I followed the track to get my AICE Diploma early, junior year. These classes, while being extremely challenging and demanding, gave me a chance to experience real college-level courses even before I graduated.
It's hard to pick my favorite class, because I enjoyed the range of courses I got to pick from. I enjoyed doing experiments in AICE Chemistry, loved figuring out crazy logic problems in Thinking Skills, and greatly expanded my worldview and writing toolbox in General Papers.
Unlike other programs, AICE doesn't merely teach you content, it changes your whole critical thinking process as a student. Instead of focusing on what you're doing wrong, AICE rewards you for what you've gotten right, and that's an outlook that totally changed my academics and a principle I want to carry throughout my life. I would recommend AICE to any student that wants to challenge themselves and get the most out of their high school education."
To date, Booker High School has had 164 students earn the Cambridge AICE diploma!