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Online Student and Songwriter Hits the Top Ten on iTunes



Written by Tatyana White-Jenkins


Ashton Edminster, a 17-year-old singer-songwriter and student at Texas Virtual Academy (TXVA), is using the opportunities online schooling gives her to focus on her budding music career.  


Inspired by Disney Channel singers like Hannah Montana and Selena Gomez, Ashton decided that she wanted to pursue a career in music at the age of 11Now Ashton’s music career is thriving, with over 15,000 followers on her Twitter page@MusicByAshton, and an EP on iTunes called For My Darling. Her first single, “Break the Distance,” debuted in the Top 10 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts and sold 1,000 downloads in the first 24 hours. 


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Adoptive Family Finds Sanctuary at NCVA


Written by Savannah Norton 


November is National Adoption Month, celebrating all those who have invited a child in need into their families. On the Saturday before Thanksgiving – Nov. 19 – National Adoption Day, kicks off a week of reflection and gratitude for many adoptive families. 


About five years ago, Tammy Thompson and her husband adopted three sisters who, after a painful situation experienced at a young age, have found a safe place to learn in North Carolina Virtual Academy (NCVA) 


The girls suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other disciplinary issues as a result of an unusual upbringing by their biological parents.  The pain still comes out day-to-day in different forms, including daily meltdowns and ongoing anxiety.  


The Thompsons enrolled the three girls - Ashlyn (10), Savannah (9), and Abigail (8) into their local brick-and-mortar school, but it was clear that they weren’t getting the quality of support or teaching style they needed in the traditional classroom setting. 


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How TOPS Helps This Diver Make a Splash

Written by Tatyana White-Jenkins

Serena Garcia has her eyes on a spot on the US Olympic diving team, and Texas Online Preparatory School (TOPS) is helping her get there.

The San Antonio native began taking diving lessons when she was 9 years old, and her passion for competitive diving just kept growing. 

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How This K12-Powered Dancer Stays On “Pointe”

Written By Savannah Norton

Tessa Renée Wilkinson is a multi-talented dancer with a love for all things fashion and beauty. She endures a busy schedule of dance classes, modeling, and acting, and still has time to be a normal 16-year-old at the Insight Academy of Arizona (ISAZ).

Tessa practices dance a total of 30 hours per week. For this reason, she is thankful for the freedom she has as an ISAZ student.  She can perfect her passion while also learning her 12th grade material online.

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Journalism’s Blind Spot: Errors of Omission

Jeff Kwitowski is the senior vice president of Public Affairs & Policy Communications. 

I’ve worked with journalists for many years. One of my greatest frustrations is when they try to condense complex events into short summaries, but in doing so, omit critical details, facts, and context.  Even worse is when those events are told primarily through the prism of one side only.  Readers are left with a narrow and often misleading impression of what actually occurred. 

Imagine, for example, a news story summarizing the 2016 Presidential election that reported Donald Trump won even though most Americans people voted for Secretary Clinton, but failed to explain our country’s Electoral College system.  Readers who were unfamiliar the process would likely conclude that something wrong or even illegal occurred.