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PHS Senior IB Diploma Candidates complete Extended Essays

Park High School's IB Diploma Candidates celebrated the completion of their Extended Essays on Thurs., Feb. 16.  The students shared their topics and what they learned with fellow students, parents and staff.  The extended essay (EE) is a mandatory core component of the IB Diploma Program. It is a research paper of up to 4,000 words giving students an opportunity to conduct independent research or an investigation on a topic that interests them.  The extended essay is externally assessed by instructors throughout the world.

The Class of 2017 completed their research on the following topics:

  • Analysis of Zeno’s motion paradoxes and their application in continuously compounded interest
  • To what extent do dreams impact behavior?
  • In what ways were the United States and Germany similar and different regarding the impact of women entering the workforce between 1939 and 1949?
  • How does maternal deprivation in childhood impact a student’s school experience?
  • The US Bill of Rights and the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen:  To what extent do these documents parallel each other?
  • Inwieweit bedroht Denglisch die deutsche Sprache und Kultur? (This essay was written in German.)
  • To what extent were the children of Germany a key part in the survival of Nazi Germany before and during World War II?
  • An analysis of Identity in Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman,” “Human Family,” and “Still I Rise”
  • The ethics behind the widespread use of weaponized gas in World War I
  • How does the pH of solution impact the amount of caffeine dispersed within 100 mL of tea?
  • Evolution of indirect fire artillery
  • How were societal views and the nature of fighting different for Americans who served in the Vietnam and Iraq Wars?  How did these differences lead to more mental health treatments and applicable resources for veterans?
  • To what extent does Albert Camus use contrasting characterization between Meursault and other characters in his novel, “The Stranger” to provide a commentary on human ethics and social norms?
  • To what extent does Edgar Allen Poe use identical literary techniques in his short stories “Morella” and “Ligeia”?