Lubbock High School International Baccalaureate

News, events, and celebrations from the IB program at Lubbock High School in Lubbock, TX

Operating as usual


Just some light shouting into the wind during the final hours of the 2021-22 school year.


Tonight we celebrated our 2021 IB Diploma Candidates with the annual IB Pinning. Congratulations to these phenomenal students. Up next: graduation!

Photos from Lubbock High School International Baccalaureate's post 05/28/2021


For his EE research, Nolan asked, “To what extent does intergenerational trauma caused by European colonization influence Indigenous literature?”For his CAS project, he collaborated with his friend Jordan to help out one of the animal shelters in our city. The things he has done for the shelter are cleaning out the animal pins, taking out the trash, picking up p**p, and anything else they need.

Nolan’s senior quote is, “Beauty must be defined as what we are, or else the concept itself is our enemy.”

He will be attending Macalester College.

Congratulations, Nolan!

Photos from Lubbock High School International Baccalaureate's post 05/27/2021

SENIOR FEATURE: Noura Shoukfeh

For her EE research, Noura asked, “To what extent did the establishment of Israel promote Egyptian leadership in the Middle East from 1948 to 1967?” For her CAS project, she wanted to do something that people in her community could join while still being safe during the Covid-19 Pandemic. She joined up with two friends to create a virtual book club. Her family adds that Noura also participated in Mock Trial at LHS for 3 years, during which her team advanced to the State Competition. She was an attorney for the 2019-2020 team, which placed 2nd at the Texas Mock Trial State Competition (a new record for LHS). Noura was also the 2020-2021 Mock Trial Team Captain and was recognized as one of 7 outstanding attorney advocates at the virtual State Competition. Noura is the President of the National Honor Society and Vice President of the Student Body. She is also a head tutor for Robin's Nest, a free tutoring service for grades preK-12, where she has really enjoyed bonding with her students and peers. Noura was one of 8 winners of the 2020 New York Times Annual Podcast Competition.

Noura's parents wish to dedicate the following lyrics from the song "In My Daughter's Eyes" to her: "in my daughter's eyes, everyone is equal. Darkness turns to light and the world is at peace. This miracle God gave to me, gives me strength when I am weak, and I find reason to my daughter's eyes." We love you so much, Noura! May God protect you as you continue to shine your light.

Noura is headed to Princeton University.

Congratulations, Noura!

Photos from Lubbock High School International Baccalaureate's post 05/26/2021

SENIOR FEATURE: Maddie Cannings

For her EE research, Maddie asked, “To what extent did the political ideologies of the N**i party and the Bauhaus influence the course of the school and ultimately lead to its closing?” For her CAS project, she worked with Dylan DeCesero and Reagan Jones to create an art show that looks at life under quarantine.

Maddie’s senior quote is "Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you." -Ruth Bader Ginsberg. On telling us about the best part of LHS, she says, “I’ve really enjoyed becoming friends with the weirdest students and teachers at the school. These people have helped me figure out who I am and I'm really thankful for that. I'm also really thankful for the love and support I've received from my family, who have let me grow. I'm really excited to start university and I can't wait to live in whatever museum basement I end up in!”

She will be studying Art History at UT Austin this fall.

Congratulations, Maddie!

Photos from Lubbock High School International Baccalaureate's post 05/25/2021

IB SENIOR FEATURE: Stephanie Ghandour

For her EE research, Stephanie asked, “In what ways does the welfare system influence or depression within foster children?” For her CAS project, she and her partners decided to do something to show their appreciation towards their teachers and all their hard work teaching through the pandemic, and one of the best ways to people's hearts is through food, so they chose to bake cookies and package them for teachers around the school with handwritten notes thanking them for their hard work and devotion to their students.

Stephanie’s senior quote is ““I’m not convinced I know how to read, I’ve just memorized a bunch of words.” She also adds that she is “very thankful for all the teachers and opportunities stemming from the IB program and looking forward to the future!

She will attend Texas Tech University as a Terry Scholar to major in pre-speech language and hearing sciences on the path to becoming a Speech Pathologist.

Congratulations, Stephanie!

Photos from Lubbock High School International Baccalaureate's post 05/24/2021

IB SENIOR FEATURE: Elizabeth Eppright

For her CAS project, Elizabeth and her friend Brittany walked a marathon around the city of Lubbock. Before the marathon, they got people to pledge a certain amount of money for each mile they walked. All the money they raised went towards the Morris Safe House, a dog shelter here in Lubbock, Texas. For her EE research, she asked, “To what extent do representations of the cult of domesticity in The Bell Jar differ from Turtles All the Way Down?”

Elizabeth’s senior quote is “I spent 4 years of my life at this place and all I got was this lousy pin.” Jokes on you, Elizabeth: you do not have the pin yet. Elizabeth adds though, in all seriousness, “Lubbock High School has supported and helped me grow into the person I am today. I am excited for my new journey but am equally sad to be leaving behind such an amazing place. Once a westerner...always a westerner.”

She is headed to the University of Texas at Austin to study biology.

Congratulations, Elizabeth!


Happy Birthday to Mr. Tow!!!

Special thanks to Dorothy Roman, Evan Valdez, & Sandra Gurrola for the surprise decor & perfect cake!

Photos from Lubbock High School International Baccalaureate's post 05/20/2021

IB SENIOR FEATURE: Courtlynn Phillips

Courtlynn’s EE research asked how the use of personal narratives in hip hop and rap lyrics have promoted colorism in the Black community. For her senior year CAS project, she and a partner drafted and coached a basketball team of 3rd and 4th grade girls for the Caprock MOB Basketball League.

Courtlynn’s senior quote is: “For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it, if only we’re brave enough to be it” -Amanda Gorman. And Courtlynn’s mom adds to always remember, “Do not let anyone make you feel like you don’t matter, or like you don’t have a place in our American story— because you do. And you have a right to be exactly who you are.”- Michelle Obama

In the fall, Courtlynn will be attending Xavier University of Louisiana to major in Biology (Pre-Med).

Congratulations, Courtlynn!

Photos from Lubbock High School International Baccalaureate's post 05/19/2021


For his EE, Sami asked, “To what extent would the wealth disparity in America be improved or worsened if the social democratic model of Norway were adopted? Sami’s senior CAS project was hosting a book club for students to partake in that involved a book teaching about the world of service. The book is titled " The Promise of a Pencil."

Sami’s senior quote is: “The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X

He is attending the University of Southern California and majoring in Music Industry with a pre-law emphasis.

Photos from Lubbock High School International Baccalaureate's post 05/18/2021


For his CAS Project, Ethan built a Gaga pit for the Turning Point Community Church to benefit the growing youth group and achieve a higher status of outdoor activities in youth group events. Ethan’s EE research centered on whether Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is more effective combating social anxiety with face-to-face therapy or Internet-Based Therapy. Ethan is also one of our first LHS graduates to complete the Fire Academy Program. After graduation, he will apply for the Lubbock Fire Department.

His senior quote is, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world. Romans 12:2”

Ethan will be attending LCU to study physical therapy.

Congratulations, Ethan!



For his EE research, Jan focused on recent events surrounding Mexico’s drug cartel and whether or not the presidents of Mexico have been politically tied to that dark underworld.

Jan’s senior quote is, “Why not?”

Jan plans to attend the University of Washington to study computer science.

Congratulations, Jan!

Photos from Lubbock High School International Baccalaureate's post 05/14/2021

IB SENIOR FEATURE: Brittany Cassel

For her CAS project, Brittany’s group’s goal was to raise money for Morris Safe House by walking 26.2 miles. Those interested pledged a certain amount of money for each mile the group walked. All the money they raised went to Morris Safe House. Her EE research centered on the question: “To what extent did enculturation affect the protests in Hong Kong, China, and Santiago, Chile in 2019-2020?”

Brittany’s senior quote is: “choose progress over perfection.”

Brittany will be attending LSU in the fall.

Congratulations, Brittany!

Photos from Lubbock High School International Baccalaureate's post 05/13/2021


For his EE, Joseph De Guia asked, “In what ways does the Surrealist artist Rene Magritte challenge the viewer’s perception of reality with his works, ‘The Treachery of Images,’ ‘The Son of Man,’ and ‘The Human Condition’”? For some of his CAS experiences, Joseph De Guia played bass guitar and cello, went to Buffalo Springs for a clean-up day, and played tennis.

His senior quote is: “Please let this be a normal field trip.” - Arnold, from the Magic School Bus

He will be attending Texas Tech to study Philosophy.

Photos from Lubbock High School International Baccalaureate's post 05/12/2021


For his senior CAS project, Dylan and two other IB diploma students challenged themselves to create an art show to put online during lockdown, since there weren’t shows available to visit in Lubbock for a long stretch of time. Dylan also has a passion for climbing, so for his EE research, he focused on indoor rock climbing injuries.

His senior quote is: “Do you know what Sami’s dad does?” He assures us this is a good-natured inside joke.

Dylan is attending Texas Tech University (Honors College) and majoring in architecture and minoring in visual arts.

Photos from Lubbock High School International Baccalaureate's post 05/11/2021


For his CAS project, Satish teamed up with Gabriel Simiyu to start a robotics team at Wester Elementary School. Through their meetings every Monday of the week, they prepared kids to compete in Lego Robotics. They taught them many necessary life skills, as well as educational skills, such as coding (on Scratch), programming, teamwork, and communication. While COVID threw a wrench in their competition plans, the project was a huge success. Satish’s EE centered on how the advanced use of concentration camps and superior weapons played a significant role in the Anglo-Boer being perceived as the primary “modern war”

His senior quote is: "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. - Wayne Gretzsky" - Michael Scott
Satish is deciding between Cornell University and The University of Texas (Austin), where he hopes to study biochemistry and business.

Congratulations, Satish!

Photos from Lubbock High School International Baccalaureate's post 05/10/2021


For his senior year CAS project, Griffin wanted to encourage his community to be more involved in the lives of those less fortunate than them, so he worked with his church's children's ministry to produce overnight bags for the children in Lubbock's foster care system. Griffin’s EE analyzed the efficacy (and lack thereof) of different nations’ early responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Griffin’s senior quotes are Gandalf’s “All we must do is decide what to do with the time we are given” and Confucious’s “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”

Griffin will be attending the Texas Tech University Honors College, where he will also be part of the UMSI program.

Congratulations, Griffin!

Photos from Lubbock High School International Baccalaureate's post 05/07/2021

IB Senior Feature: Vaidehi Patel

For her CAS project, Vaidehi worked with Sami and Noura to create a book club during quarantine. They read The Promise of a Pencil, a book about creating schools all around the world. Her EE question was, “To What Extent Has the Change from Arranged Marriage Affected the Caste System?"

Vaidehi’s senior quote comes straight from her heart: “I laughed, I cried, and maybe both at the same time!”

Next fall, she is attending UC Berkeley, where she plans to study global politics and business.

Congratulations, Vaidehi!

Photos from Lubbock High School International Baccalaureate's post 05/05/2021

IB Senior Feature: Katie Trevino

For Katie’s CAS project, she and Stephanie Ghandour partnered to bake cookies for their teachers who were working to adapt to hybrid learning. Katie’s EE research examined the possible correlation between social media apps (Instagram, Twitter) and eating disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia).
From her family: “Katie you have been blessed with many gifts and talents. It's time to share those with the world. Thanks for the amazing 18 years - you are truly a blessing!! We are proud of what you have accomplished even when it became difficult finding the courage to finish. As you start a new chapter in your life, we know you will reach your goals. May God Bless you as He has blessed us with you. Love You!! #2021 grad ”

Katie is attending Texas State University to study Communications.

Congratulations, Katie!

Photos from Lubbock High School International Baccalaureate's post 05/04/2021

IB Senior Feature: Kareem Khater

For his senior CAS project, Kareem assumed a leadership role in Robin’s Nest tutoring, a free service for students of all ages who are struggling in different subjects. Kareem’s EE research analyzed the suppression of Black voters in key swing states.

His family’s quote for sending him off into the world is, "Be who you are and say how you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind" Dr. Seuss. They also add that Kareem always stands up for what he believes in and is known to defend others when they need help.

Kareem will be headed to the University of Texas this fall to study Electrical Engineering.

Congratulations, Kareem!

Photos from Lubbock High School International Baccalaureate's post 05/03/2021

IB Senior Feature: Nya Stringer

Nya and her partner Ella Booe created and sold clay earrings at the Lubbock Farmer's Market, donating all of the profits to One Voice Home, a nonprofit organization for victims of human trafficking and domestic abuse. For her EE research, Nya asked: “To What Extent is Religious Art a Preservation of Buddhism During a Period of Westernization/Advancement in Thailand?” Nya was also in Academic Decathlon and is an accomplished artist.

Her family wants to remind her, before she heads off to college, of something Appa on Kim's Convenience said: "Come. We eat from our sad food group starting with cookie dough ice cream." Nya chose the senior quote, "Could it be that the many roads/You took to get here/Were just for me to tell this story/And for you to hear this song/And your many hopes/And your many fears/Were meant to bring you here all along" - Andrew Peterson, Many Roads

Nya will be attending the University of the Arts, London - the #2 art school in the WORLD - to study Interior Design and Environmental Architecture. However, before school starts this fall, she will be moving with her family to Barcelona, Spain, where she plans to learn Catalan!

Congratulations, Nya!

Photos from Lubbock High School International Baccalaureate's post 04/30/2021

IB Senior Feature: Ryan Martinez

Ryan’s IB CAS project centered on creating Christmases for kids who are with the Children's Home of Lubbock.. Each year, children in the home, or "Angels", have special gift requests for Christmas. Members involved with the project, had the responsibility of finding other people to help with one of the "Angels" gift requests. Ryan found sponsors for 16 Angels. For his EE research, Ryan asked: To what extent does the development of false memories affect eyewitness testimony in the process and outcome of a criminal investigation?
Ryan’s family says, “Ryan is self motivated and has a strong drive to succeed. He enjoys spending time with his friends, playing video games, listening to 80s music and working on his car. Ryan is a foodie who enjoys seafood, pasta, steaks and sushi.” They would like to send him off into the wide world with this thought from Deuteronomy 31:8: "The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. "

Ryan plans to attend Texas Tech University with a focus on Pre-Medicine.

Congratulations, Ryan!

Photos from Lubbock High School International Baccalaureate's post 04/29/2021

IB Senior Feature: Emmy Barron

For her CAS project, Emmy partnered with Laura Byars to put on an LHS Varsity swim team outdoor movie night on August 22, 2020. They used this event to kick off their fall season, give the team a chance to get to know one another, and generate team unity. COVID-19 restrictions were enforced in order to keep our team safe and healthy. Emmy’s EE research asked the question: How has the depiction of autism in "Rain Man" impacted cultural stereotypes about autism?
Emmy’s senior quote is: “I want to do something splendid...something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead. I don’t know what, but I’m on the watch for it and mean to astonish you all someday.” — Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, 1968

Emmy will attend Baylor University in the Fall as a part of Honors College Baylor Interdisciplinary Core majoring in International Studies.

Congratulations, Emmy!

Photos from Lubbock High School International Baccalaureate's post 04/28/2021

IB Senior Feature: Jordan Duarte

This year, Jordan helped animals in need of having a better life for his CAS project; while he wishes he could adopt and love all of the animals, Jordan settled for bringing them some joy and love as a volunteer. For his EE research, he chose to focus on one of his greatest passions: sports, asking about the link between the psychology of motivation and achievement in sports.

His family says that “Jordan has been a very active kid throughout his High School years; on top of the IB program, Jordan was actively involved in his school band playing the trumpet, running Varsity Cross Country, playing baseball with The Westerners, in NHS, and running long distance with the high school track team” and that they have “watched in amazement as he’s grown into the young man he is today, and are watching with great anticipation to see what he becomes!”

Jordan will attend Texas Tech University to study engineering.

Congratulations, Jordan!

Photos from Lubbock High School International Baccalaureate's post 04/27/2021

IB Senior Feature: Emma Arrington

For her senior CAS Project, Emma and her group decided to raise money for a local service center, Lubbock Impact, in order to renovate their ”career closet.” The career closet offers clothes and jewelry for women who have gotten jobs and job interviews. They planned a jean/pant drive for nicer clothes that can be worn for job interviews or for more professional jobs and created a GoFundMe to raise money for the cause. Emma’s EE research centered on researching a recent civil rights movement in China, comparing how the modern speeches reflect the same literary devices and pathos Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr used in their speeches.

Emma’s senior quote? “Not even corona could keep me from getting my diploma.”

She will be attending UT in the fall as an English major on the pre-law track.

Congratulations, Emma!

Photos from Lubbock High School International Baccalaureate's post 04/26/2021

IB Senior Feature: Lance Jinon

For his senior year CAS project, Lance joined his buddy Rafael de Farias to run a DND campaign with both of them being the Dungeon Masters. They designed, planned, and created a storyline and maps through a website known as roll 20. They also implemented Discord, specifically the voice chat feature, for their sessions. The goal was to give friends an outlet to decompress and have fun during quarantine and to foster a creative community. For his EE, Lance focused on studying the creation stories and the science behind Earth.

Lance’s family sends him off to college with this quote: "Take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go." They add, “We love you and we are proud of what you have become, Lance. Always remember that we're with you every step that you take. Stay humble and be grateful for what you have and never forget that God is the source of everything.”

After high school graduation, Lance is taking his prerequisite classes at Blinn College in Brenham, TX, He plans to then pursue the aerospace engineering program at TAMU, College Station, TX.

Congratulations, Lance!

Photos from Lubbock High School International Baccalaureate's post 04/23/2021

IB Senior Feature: Laura Byars

This year, Laura's EE research examined to what extent there is a correlation between autoimmune diseases and depression. For her CAS project, Laura and her co-captain hosted a team-movie night to boost team morale while finding a way to help our community; even though adhering to COVID-19 protocols made this a challenging endeavor, the team came together and collected canned goods for Impact Lubbock.

Laura's senior quote is "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” - Arthur Ashe

Laura plans to attend Oklahoma Christian University as part of the Honors program to study biology; she will also be part of OC’s swim team.

Congratulations, Laura!

Photos from Lubbock High School International Baccalaureate's post 04/22/2021

IB Senior Feature: Reagan Jones

For his Extended Essay research, Reagan studied the future of architecture, focusing on green architecture and ecological conservation, looking specifically at how we can make this kind of architecture more affordable to the average American who does not have hundreds of thousands to spend on this kind of development. And for his CAS project, Reagan partnered with Dylan Decesaroand Maddie Cannings to highlight the community struggles during COVID-19 through a medium anybody can connect with to foster connection.

Reagan plans to study architecture in college.

Photos from Lubbock High School International Baccalaureate's post 04/21/2021

IB Senior Feature: Rafael de Farias

For his Extended Essay research, Rafael studied operant conditioning and fighting games. Rafael partnered with Lance Jinon for a CAS project centered on expanding the community of D&D virtually during a period in which in person interactions are more difficult; they fostered a community of new players and supported experienced gamers in their campaigns.

Rafael’s senior quote is, "Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can." - John Wesley.

Rafael plans to attend the University of Rochester to study astrophysics.

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