After completing the final leg of their educational journey (IB exams), students from the Class of 2017 will find themselves walking across the stage on Saturday 3 June to accept their hard-earned FIS diploma. Joining them for the monumental occasion as the commencement speaker will be one of National Geographic's 2012 Adventurers of the Year, author and long-distance hiker, Jennifer Pharr-Davis.
Jennifer has hiked over 12,000 miles on six different continents and in 2008, set a record for being the fastest woman to complete the 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail. She has also written several books about her experiences with thru-hiking, and the insight she offers into the mental endurance required to accomplish challenging tasks connects directly with the mission of FIS and our efforts to educate the whole child.
Jennifer's accomplishments were the research focus of one Grade 12 student's Extended Essay, and members of the Class of 2017 are sure to find interesting correlations between Jennifer's perseverance and self-awareness, and their own academic journey at FIS. In addition to her speaking at the commencement, she will spend two days working with students in the Primary and Elementary Schools, and at FISW.