For the 17th consecutive year, Robbinsdale Cooper students who have chosen to pursue the rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma presented the final copy of their Extended Essay to their mentors. The essay is approximately 4000 words in length and is written independently of any class in a category of the student’s choosing. As it is an essay, not a research paper, it is assessed on the presence and quality of analytical thought by examiners from around the world. Examiners also looks for formal academic presentation and proper citation, as well as the scope of the investigation and use of subject-appropriate language.
Students ventured into some new categories this year, including psychology and human rights. Analyses of English literature ranged from the classics such as Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman to the existentialist views of Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus. Other topics included carbonates, diabetes, oppression and imperialism, to name a few. A complete list of the students, the titles, the category, and the mentors can be found below.
A ceremony known as “Silver Platter Day” was held Friday, December 9, in the Cooper Media Center. Students gathered after school to don academic robes, confirm aloud that the work was their own, and place their essays on silver platters, which they presented to their mentors. Refreshments and photo-taking followed the presentations.
Left to right, here are the student names:
Nikoli Hovorka (dark hair, back row)
Stephen Parlow (blond, front row)
Josh Levitt (tall, back row)
Kieu Mi Phi Hai