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Dozens of Scholarship Award Winners Named by Foundation for Blended and Online Learning

Students from 21 States Awarded Post-Secondary Scholarships after Leveraging Digital Learning

Abigail Short at the FBOL Gala

Abigail Short has dreamed of attending medical school since she was very young. Born prematurely, she needed the help of many nurturing neonatal intensive care doctors and nurses. They gave her outstanding care, which made it possible for Abigail to live a quality life.

“After that, I always wanted to help people the same way those nurses and doctors helped me,” Abigail said. Abigail is one of 31 students receiving a scholarship from The Foundation of Blended and Online Learning (FBOL), whose mission is to advance and improve the availability and quality of blended and online educational opportunities and to empower students through personalized learning.

Abigail accepted her scholarship at the FBOL Student Scholarship Gala on Thursday evening at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

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GCA's Olympian Checks In From Rio

Recent Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA) graduate Aniya Louissaint is competing in taekwondo in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio! She checked in with us after the Opening Ceremonies to give her first-hand experience:

My first week of training here in Rio is complete. This week was about getting a good training regimen and taking everything in - from living with different countries in the village to eating all of the food! I'm extremely excited to be here with so many elite athletes. To be among them while preparing for the biggest fight of my life is truly inspiring. One one of my first days here, I saw (tennis stars) Serena and Venus Williams. I didn't approach them for a picture because they seemed busy, but it was still awesome to just run into them like that!

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ISWA Athlete Pursues Professional Fighting Aspirations

ISWA student Ariel Rodrigues follows her fighting dreams. Photo courtesy of Matt Ferris Photography.

While other students sleep in during their summer vacationInsight School of Washington (ISWA) rising 10th grader Ariel Rodrigues wakes up at 4:30 AM to train. 

Ariel, who trains in Muay Thai, Taekwondo, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, among other forms of martial arts, will battle in an Ax Fighting Championship grappling match in a cage on August 6th

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How a K12-Powered School Perfectly Positioned this Alum for a Career in Digital Arts

TXVA graduate Tiffany Connolly is well-equipped to begin her education at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Recent Texas Virtual Academy (TXVA) graduate Tiffany Connolly will begin her college career having completed 12 dual credit courses. That totals more than 50 college credits, enough to complete all of her general education requirements at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Tiffany transferred out of her brick and mortar school and enrolled in TXVA in 2009 for more opportunities to work to her full potential.

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WAVA Student’s Migraines Virtually Disappear with the Start of Online School

Teri Stephenson with daughter Ashley Stephenson

Ashley Stephenson was like many students and went to a brick and mortar school for her primary schooling years, but she experienced chronic migraines throughout her time there.  This led to her transferring to the Washington Virtual Academies (WAVA), where her migraines became infrequent. She went from having multiple in a week to only one every few months.  Ashley believes that the migraines lessened because she was able to learn at her own pace without the high-stress environment of brick and mortar schools.

When talking about their experience with WAVA, both Ashley and her mother/learning coach, Teri, have nothing but good things to say. 

“My experience has been amazing," Ashley said. "I love that there aren’t any of the distractions from regular school and I enjoy the fun class connects. I have loved all of my teachers too!”  

 

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