Fridley junior London-bound for International Baccalaureate world conference

Fridley High School is one of two schools from Minnesota that will be represented at the International Baccalaureate World Student Conference in London, England.

Fridley High School junior Nicolas Fite was chosen by the Minnesota Association of International Baccalaureate World Schools (MNIB) as one of two Minnesota representatives. MNIB will cover his travel and lodging, along with others costs associated with the trip.  In addition, Fite will be speaking at the first annual MNIB Association meeting in September about his experiences.

Fridley High School junior Nicolas Fite will be traveling to London this summer for the IB World Student Conference. (Photo provided by Fridley Public Schools)
Fridley High School junior Nicolas Fite will be traveling to London this summer for the IB World Student Conference. (Photo provided by Fridley Public Schools)

On finding out that his application was accepted, Fite immediately ran to the high school’s IB office where coordinator Jessica Baker celebrated with him.
“I got an email saying ‘Congratulations, we’d like to inform you your application has been accepted,’” Fite said. “I was excited. I was frantic!”

The application process included information about community service hours, awards received, a parent statement and a letter or recommendation from Baker.

Baker noted how the MNIB scholarship is becoming more competitive. In her letter of recommendation, she highlighted Fite’s history of leadership, including serving as student council vice president, captain on three athletic teams since his sophomore year, sitting on the panel to choose the new high school principal, and appointment in a leadership position with Youth in Government for the past three years. His grade point average, as well, is an exceptional 4.19.

“He models the IB learner profile,” said Baker. “He’s engaged in service, works hard academically, is motivated, cares about people… and he’s inclusive.  He wants everyone to be part of things.”

The IB World Student Conference will take place August 6-12, 2017, at King’s College London.  The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Well-being in a healthy world: personal responsibility and global health.’ Students from around the globe will explore and discuss how individual actions define their own selves, affecting mind and body, and impacting the health of people across the globe with a focus on how to work together and improve the well-being of the world’s most vulnerable people.

To that end, Fite said, “I’m excited to learn and get perspectives from people around the globe.  I think it will be an amazing experience to meet all these different people, hear the speakers and explore a new world.”

Fite’s parents will be traveling to London to join him for a family vacation the week after the conference.

Fridley High School is an authorized International Baccalaureate World School that offers the Primary years Programme, Middle Years Programme, Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme to all its students.