NHS Graduate Earns University of Cambridge Diploma

Samantha Coughlin, a 2012 graduate of Niceville High School, learned recently she has the distinction of being the first student in the Okaloosa County School District to earn an AICE Diploma from the University of Cambridge. 

First introduced in 1994 by the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England, the Cambridge AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) Diploma provides a high-quality curriculum which prepares students for honors degree programs. It offers students the opportunity to tailor their studies to their individual interests, abilities and plans for the future within an international curriculum framework.  Samantha earned the Cambridge AICE Diploma with Merit.

“I’m happy NHS provided me the opportunity to earn an AICE diploma.  It will be a nice addition to my academic resume,” said Coughlin.

High-school students in Florida have been earning prestigious Cambridge AICE Diplomas and succeeding in Cambridge AICE Diploma examinations since 1998. Many colleges and universities are awarding students advanced standing and academic credit for Cambridge AICE Diploma examinations passed.  An AICE diploma, along with 100 hours of community service, will earn a Florida Academic Scholars award.  Niceville High School currently offers 10 Cambridge AICE courses, in addition to 21 College Board Advanced Placement courses.

“Samantha’s prestigious accomplishment is reflective of her outstanding academic success at Niceville High School.  She went above and beyond to earn this distinction,” said Marcus Chambers, NHS principal.

Samantha is currently attending the University of Florida where she is majoring in engineering.  She earned over 60 college credits while at Niceville High School.  For more information about the Cambridge or Advanced Placement Programs at NHS, contact Donnie Pridgen, the Advanced Studies coordinator, at pridgend@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us.

Pictured above: NHS principal Marcus Chambers congratulates Samantha Coughlin, Class of 2012, who recently earned a University of Cambridge AICE Diploma, the first ever in Okaloosa County.