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 winner is Marissa Bornn!
“Marissa confidently solves problems but also isn't afraid to ask for help. She asks thoughtful questions and collaborates well with others. Marissa also has the ability to interpret music with such grace and beauty through her dance. She is well-deserving of the IB Learner Profile Award.” –Mrs. Liz Elger
“Marissa consistently embodies all of the qualities of an IB learner on a daily basis. She is always willing to help out and has a positive attitude toward anything thrown her way. She handles any adversity with careful consideration and displays a calmness in all of her actions. She always asks for feedback in an effort to make her work as best as possible. It is a pleasure to teach her at VIMSIA!” –Mr. Matt Stocking
“Marissa is a kind, reflective student eager to learn and help others. She took a risk playing soccer this year, and has shown great growth as a result. Her passionate devotion to whatever activity she undertakes is an example for all to follow.” –Mr. Joe Elger
“Marissa always has a smile on her face and takes on challenges without a second thought. She is caring, open minded, principled and is able to do what many struggle with; balance all aspects of her life. I have seen this young lady embrace her weaknesses and use them as a jumping off point for reflection and growth. She demonstrates, through action, what being an IB student is all about.” –Ms. Jana Ferguson
""Fail and fail often". In this regard I know you have probably failed to satisfy your father's expectations. But failure does not come easy to deep thinkers. And no matter how deep we (teachers) may go, you are always there to see us eye to eye, in that silent way of yours. Your demeanor and your mind will inspire all those around you that can pause long enough to distinguish a rose from a thorn. Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition.” –Senor Andy Gever