Madysen LeComte, a senior International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme student, earned a scholarship to attend the IB World Student Conference in New York this summer – the only IB student in Ohio to receive an award.
Madysen, whose home school is Berea-Midpark High School, learned about the scholarship opportunity from the Ohio Association of IB World Schools through Westlake High School IB Coordinator Matthew Planisek, who wrote a recommendation letter.
“Defying and Defining Boundaries” was the theme of the conference. Madysen said the conference was similar to a high school letting, but with students from around the world. Students form 16 states and 16 countries were represented at the conference.
Madysen said she walked away from the conference with a respect for different viewpoints, and even came up with a Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) project for her program.
“The conference got you out of your comfort zone. You were able to get new perspectives on things. All views were represented,” she said. “I got to hear all ideas in a safe environment that was open-minded.”
While she is unsure of her future plans, Madysen intends to pursue studies in the medial field. She said the IB program’s rigorous coursework is preparing her for the rigors of medical school. She also said it provided her skills in writing, time management and self-reflection.