Five Park Center Senior High students submitted their 4,000-word essays for review by examiners around the world. The essay is one part of the requirements to qualify for an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma from the International Baccalaureate Organization.

The IB Diploma Programme is recognized and respected by the world's leading universities. The opportunity to earn an IB Diploma prepares students with the knowledge and skills to excel in college courses and in their careers.

Here are the students and their essay titles:

  • Faith Noni: To what extent is the use of torture a successful way to win a war based on an analysis of the Algerian war?
  • Favour Noni: How does the role of Atticus Finch in Harper Lee’s two works, To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman, display contradictory values?
  • Giovanni Delgado-Ortiz: How and why do Chicano poets like Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales, Juan Felipe Herrera, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Trinidad Sanchez Jr, and Abelardo “Lalo” Delgado illustrate the condition of Chicanismo in America?
  • Jireh Babalola: How does Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie use symbolism and voice in Americanah to express the struggle of identity for African immigrants?
  • Koffi Amegble: How does Ray Bradbury articulate governmental oppression within the novel Fahrenheit 451?

To be awarded the diploma, students must complete coursework and exams in the areas of the arts, humanities, science, mathematics and a second language. In addition to pursuing these subjects, all Diploma Program students complete a 4000-word extended essay and spend time completing creativity, activity, and service activities. They will take their exams later on in the spring.

wastebasket revue 2019 logoWastebasket Revue, the greatest annual show in Osseo Area Schools, returns April 10-14 for its 52nd year with a new, circus-inspired production sure to dazzle audiences. 

For more than five decades, staff and community members from Osseo Area Schools have performed skits, songs and dances in this annual variety show to raise money for scholarships benefiting graduating seniors in the district. Throughout its storied 52-year history, Wastebasket Revue has raised more than $1.23 million for 861 post-secondary scholarships for Osseo Area Schools students.

Wastebasket Revue scholarship winners for 2019 are:

Maple Grove Senior High: Megan Gosian, Lidia Hadera, Patricia Hopp, Brianna Khieu, Matthew Lee, Ella Moroz and Charlotte Rolfs.

Osseo Senior High: Grace Garcia, Elijah Barlue, Leah Gaddis, Michael Hamel and Emily Rossing.

Park Center Senior High: Koffi Amegble, Jireh Babalola, Sade Berrouet, Katrina Le, Rachel Mummah, Jeliah Ogega, I-Netta Porte and Jantheny Vue.

The 2019 Wastebasket Revue will be performed on:

  • April 10-12 at 7:30 p.m.
  • April 13-14 at 2:30 p.m.

All performances are in the auditorium at Park Center Senior High (7300 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Park). Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors age 65 and older, and $6 for students in grades K-12. Buy tickets online (or call 763-391-7205).