International Baccalaureate Learner Profile Award Winner
Every other month, Virgin Islands Montessori School and Peter Gruber International Academy (VIMSIA) gives out the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile Award to a high school student who best embodies the traits of the IB Learner Profile: inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. Nominations are led by students and staff, and finalized with an Peter Gruber International Academy teacher vote. This month's award is presented to Axel Bartsch, a junior PGIA student. Congratulations!
“Axel is thoughtful and introspective young man who challenges me daily in the classroom and on the soccer field. He constantly seeks knowledge and craves intellectual dialogue. Perhaps his greatest trait though is his ability to be a humble leader - working hard without craving attention, accepting responsibility for others actions, and even taking a little good-natured teasing to keep the mood light. He’s the consummate “glue guy,” keeping diverse groups of people striving towards a common goal.” –Mr. Elger
“Witty, selfless, and humble are words I would use to describe Axel. He is a legendary story-teller, always willing to put others first, and never seeks the spotlight for his many, many academic and athletic accomplishments. He's just an incredible young man and well-deserving of this award.” –Mrs. Elger
“Axel is a seeker. He searches for answers beyond the questions asked. He isn't afraid to address difficult problems with imaginative and thoughtful solutions and in doing so, he serves as a model student. I admire his discipline and his humility.” –Mrs. Prosterman
“I always see him around campus and even though we are not close friends, he always shares a smile. I know he is a good athlete as well as a great student and tries to achieve a more than standard level of knowledge.” –PGIA Classmate
“Axel is a true representation of the strong, peaceful, powerful student that VIMSIA works so hard to create. We are so proud to have him as one of our community.” –Ms. Zakers