January 19, 2016
Hilton grads return to school to share their knowledge
A group of Hilton High
School graduates took time during their winter break to talk
with 11th graders during the January "IB Day."
The panel included Patrick Callery, who attends The College
at Brockport; Joe Distefano, University at Buffalo; Brenna
Hibbard, Monroe Community College; Andrew Kaseman,
University of Rochester; Mary Kunigan, San Diego State
University; Kelly Martin, Hofstra University; and Austin
Rodger, Canisius College.
The panel answered questions from the audience about their
timeline for college planning, their preparations for life
after high school, which high school resources and tools
they used in their planning, how well their courses prepared
them for college level courses, the biggest adjustments they
had to make going from high school to college, the number of
colleges they visited and applied to before making a
decision, who they requested letters of recommendation from,
and if they would change anything about the process.
During IB Day, students engage
in special presentations and projects to put into practice
the traits of the International Baccalaureate learner
profile. For example, students are expected to nurture
their curiosity, develop skills for inquiry and research,
learn independently and with others; learn with enthusiasm
and sustain a love of learning throughout life.