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16-Year-Old AZVA Salutatorian Succeeds with Flying Colors

AZVA salutatorian shows off her ballet skills. Photo courtesy of Ed Flores.

All eyes were on Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA) student Violet Rose Arma as she led the Pledge of Allegiance at graduation. Now, this talented 16-year-old salutatorian is attending two summer programs with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre before she heads to college in the fall. These programs include a two week Company Experience intensive, followed by a five week intensive, which began June 20th

Violet, who has chosen to continue her online education by simultaneously dancing in the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s graduate program and completing classes online at Arizona State University (ASU), attributes much of her academic and dancing success to those at AZVA who helped her along the way.

“I felt a great sense of togetherness with each person at graduation,” Violet said. “It is incredible how many lives go into just one person’s education! At AZVA, the involvement of family and outside support is instrumental in student success, along with the learning coaches and online teachers.”

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LAVCA by the Numbers

Everyone relies on numbers.  Numbers matter.  We hear reports about records being set at the voting booth or at a sporting event.  A student’s score on the ACT or a grade in a course could make the difference between getting a college scholarship or not.  Numbers are everywhere.  We recently wrapped up our 5th year at the Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy and have a great deal of numbers to share. 

After 180 school days, LAVCA ended its year with the graduation of 65 seniors.   Among those seniors were students who earned 15 scholarships. LAVCA also graduated 73 kindergarteners, 85% of which plan to continue schooling with us.

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Michigan Virtual Charter Academy's Eighth Grade Novelist

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Ganna and her second book, Scribblers

Right now, most eighth grade students are gearing up for high school. Not publishing their second novel.  

But Michigan Virtual Charter Academy’s Ganna Omar isn’t your typical eighth grade student.  

 

“I started getting serious about writing when I was eleven years old, but I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was nine.”  Now thirteen, her second book, entitled ‘Scribbles’, was released in April 2016 via CreateSpace publishing, and is available through Amazon.  

 

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MGLVA Grad Pursues her Passion for Politics

MGLVA Salutatorian Avalon McKinney delivers her graduation address 

The school year has come to a close but Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy (MGLVA) Salutatorian Avalon McKinney has embarked on an exciting new challenge. Avalon is running to be a precinct delegate for the Wayne County Republican Party in Livonia, Michigan. The primary will be held on August 2nd.

Avalon became interested in politics two years ago and MGLVA nurtured her desire to learn more. 

“The teachers appreciated everyone’s opinion. We weren’t restricted in saying how we felt politically or religiously,” Avalon said. “This made me more interested in the topics that came up during our studies and pushed me to want to learn more.”

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GCA Rising Star to Sing National Anthem at Major League Baseball Game

Chloe performs in “Crazy for You”, a Gershwin musical. Photo courtesy of  the Orbit Arts Academy

An entire stadium of energized baseball fans will be abuzz as Georgia Cyber Academy 11th grader Chloe McSwain performs the National Anthem at an Atlanta Braves game on July 15th! Chloe is well-prepared, as she sang a gorgeous rendition of the song at last month’s graduation.

“GCA’s graduation was the first time Chloe actually sang the National Anthem for a large crowd and it was extremely well-received,” said her mother, Tiffany McSwain. “Chloe also got to meet GCA’s Head of School, Matt Arkin, and the Lt. Governor of Georgia, Casey Cagle, who delivered commencement remarks.”

Chloe knew back in the third grade that a traditional brick and mortar school wasn’t the right fit. She and Tiffany agreed Chloe needed an alternative option so she could focus on academics while still being able to pursue her performing arts passion.  Chloe began school with GCA in the 4th grade.

In order to reach her goal of being admitted into a performing arts academy following high school, Chloe must be accepted both academically and musically. For this reason, Chloe must be accomplished in both academics and art. She needs to strike a careful balance between both. This makes online schooling an outstanding option.

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