Graduates of Nova Scotia’s International Baccalaureate Diploma program are among some of the best and brightest students in the world. Examination results released by the Department of Education, today, Sept. 16, show public school IB students outperformed North American IB students in 24 of 26 subjects and world IB students in 21 of 27 subjects — including math, english, biology, physics, economics, music, and history. “I want to congratulate graduates, their teachers and their families for their hard work and their commitment to education,” said Education Minister Marilyn More. “I am looking forward to seeing the many contributions these remarkable young people will make to our communities and workforce, as they pursue the next chapter of their life.” Two-hundred-and-forty-two students received diplomas from the Geneva-based International Baccalaureate Organization this year. Eighty-four-point-six per cent of Nova Scotia IB students passed the program, compared to the North American pass rate of 70.6 per cent, and the world pass rate of 77.7 per cent. Two schools achieved a 100 per cent pass rate; Dr. John Hugh Gillis High School and Prince Andrew High School. Graduates of the program were awarded $3.6 million in scholarships and bursaries from universities, independent foundations and government. The Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation also awarded two Loran Awards to Nova Scotia students this year, valued at $75,000 each. The Loran Award is given to students who demonstrate academic achievement, a firm commitment to character, service and leadership, extra curricular interests and a high level of personal autonomy. Ben Carr, a graduate of the Citadel High School IB program was a recipient of one Loran Award. He has deferred the award for one year to travel to Ecuador, South America to learn a different culture and do some community development work. “The IB program really showed me how to overcome challenges, and taught me the importance of hard work and perseverance,” said Mr. Carr. “I feel I will use these skills throughout my life, especially in my work in Ecuador.” Other awards to Nova Scotia students included full scholarships to the Glen Gould School of Music in Toronto, St. Andrew’s College in Scotland and the United World College in Singapore.