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Decatur-Morgan chamber taking IB students to D.C.

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com · 340-2432

As a reward for taking a chance, the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce is taking International Baccalaureate Diploma Program students to Washington, D.C., in June.

John Seymour, chamber president and chief executive officer, said the chamber got enough local businesses to sponsor the 12 students who are in the IB programs at Austin and Decatur high schools in their inaugural school year.

“We wanted to do something special to show how important they are to us and the business community,” Seymour said. “It’s not easy to do something nobody else has done. That takes courage.”

Seymour said the trip will cost about $15,000. The students will get to see most of the nation’s capital and its history and government sites.

This is the second reward for the IB students, which include nine Decatur and three Austin high school juniors.

In February, the school system bought laptop computers through money raised by the Decatur City Schools Foundation. The students can use them while in the program. The foundation raised about $100,000.

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