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Seniors  Madeline Moxley and Joey Cipriano  are doing homework while getting ready to perform in Sister Act. Sister Act was performed on November 10 and 11.

Seniors Madeline Moxley and Joey Cipriano are doing homework while getting ready to perform in Sister Act. Sister Act was performed on November 10 and 11.

Seniors Madeline Moxley and Joey Cipriano are doing homework while getting ready to perform in Sister Act. Sister Act was performed on November 10 and 11.

Sarah Skorupa, News Writer

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Imagine having ensemble rehearsal after school, a choir concert 45 minutes after that and two essays due the next day. You’re so busy that you barely have time to eat.

This is a reality for senior Joey Cipriano.

Life is stressful, there’s no escaping that. However, students in the IB program have even more stress because in addition to having more work than a “normal” student, they also have jam packed schedules in and out of school.

The International Baccalaureate program is an academic program intended to be rigorous and prepare high achieving students for their futures.

Cipriano works as a lifeguard, is involved in speech, theatre and the IB program.
“I had this moment at 2 a.m. where I asked myself, with all of this work that I’m pushing myself to do, does it matter?” Cipriano said.

According to Arizona State professor Suniya Luthar, high achieving youths are among the most emotionally distressed young people in America.

“These kids are incredibly anxious and perfectionistic,” Luthar said, but there’s “contempt and scorn for the idea that kids who have it all might be hurting.”

Jane Harper, librarian and IB extended essay coordinator, said that any program as rigorous as IB is bound to put pressure on students.

Senior Madeline Moxley is involved in: IB, speech, theatre, Science Olympiad, choir, Viking Ensemble, Thespian Honors Society vice president, a math tutor, and a co-author on autism research, which involves attending neuroscience conventions.

Moxley said she has never dropped anything, besides cross country, because she enjoys everything she participates in.

“[Anxiety’s] natural, it’s part of growing up. It’s not necessarily because of IB or anything, it’s just that life is stressful,” Moxley said.

Moxley makes lists and has a good work ethic to help her manage.

“I literally don’t have time to be anxious, I just have to finish my assignments and keep going,” Moxley said.

IB coordinator Matthew Knoepke said students experience high stress and anxiety from high school alone. IB can contribute to high anxiety, but so can college costs and admission.

H-F is trying to help alleviate some of this stress by developing programs that help students turn stress into their ally. The meaning of stress needs to be reframed, so it can be used to help them instead of hurting them.

“Removing IB wouldn’t remove stressed students. I know IB is stressful, but I also know students with high expectations are going to put pressure on themselves and you’re going to see high stress levels. Now is the time to learn how to manage stress and to say ‘no’ when things become too much,” Knoepke said.

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