The Hawk Award is a recognition that students receive for applying the IB learner profile attitudes in their lives. Recently, 5 of our students were awarded an IB Buck for embodying the IB learner profile. We had the honor of interviewing them to find out why they think they won this award. Here’s what they told us:
Alfredo Roger: 4th Grade
Alfredo does voluntary work in an animal shelter. For his birthday he asked for everyone to not give him gifts but to bring food for animals of the shelter. He thinks animals are important because without pets we won’t have who to keep us company when we’re alone. He won the Hawk Award for being caring.
Camila Colón: 1st Grade
Camila cut her hair and donated it for a good cause, “to give it to other kids that don’t have hair because they are sick.” When asked, she said that she would be happy to donate it again. She saw a girl in YouTube that had cut her hair and thought she looked pretty so she decided to do the same. She won the award for being caring and principled.
Mauro Y. Villamil: 5th Grade
Mauro always goes out of his way to help others. He cheers up his friends when they are feeling down, he gives up his chair when someone can’t see in the classroom, helps people up when they fall down and even gives up his space in the cafeteria line when someone is really hungry. He won this award for being caring, principled, and open-minded.
Ken Hirano: 5th Grade
Ken came to Puerto Rico from Yokohama, Japan. He was not afraid to try new things. He enjoys eating different foods at the school cafeteria (like “parcha” juice), he always tries to speak English and has even taken exams when he doesn’t have to. He won the award for risk-taker, critical-thinker, open-minded, principled.
Jorge E Martínez: 5th Grade
Jorge was given the task of showing the school around to Ken Hirano, but he did much more, he made him feel welcome. Jorge feels that this award “is not something you just win, you have to work hard at it to become a better person”. He helped Ken with school tasks, he accompanied him at lunch, helped him learn a new language and helped him make new friends. He won this award for being caring, open-minded and principled.