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MNVA Grad's Online School Experience a Hole in One

Sara Detlefsen earned her master’s degree from Florida Gulf Coast University in May – at the age of 22, when most of her peers were receiving their undergraduate degreesDetlefsen completed both her bachelor’s and master’s at FGCU in just four years, all while competing for the Eagles’ women’s golf team. 


Her accomplishment would not have been possible without Minnesota Virtual Academy (MNVA). 


“Before attending an online school, I really wasn’t motivated; I wasn’t that inspired to learn, and the brick and mortar school didn’t teach in the way that I learned,” said Detlefsena native of Eagan, Minnesota, who started at MNVA in fourth grade. “I was one of those students that was made for a different kind of learning. MNVA took a different approach with me and lit up my learning capabilities, and I was able to tap into more of my potential.” 


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Why this TXVA Drummer’s Summer “Rocks”



TXVA student JD Beck performs on drums.


Between performing in multiple gigs and working on an album, rising Texas Virtual Academy (TXVA) 8th grader JD Beck has had a jam-packed summer. For JD, a busy practice and performance schedule has been possible with the flexibility of TXVA’s virtual school program.  


JD has wanted to enroll in online school since the 3rd grade. His parents, however, wanted him to wait to enroll until his 5th grade year, when they were absolutely sure it was the best choice for him. Now four years later, JD’s mother, Ann, is positive it was the right decision. 


“Since enrolling him in TXVA he has been able to be out in the evenings for gigs and practices. When we have to travel to go to music camps in other states he is able to bring school with him,” Ann said. 


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OHVA Student Crowned 2016 Fair Queen


Monica Slaven’s many successes all have one thing in common: the support of good friends.  


Monica, a 2016 graduate of Ohio Virtual Academy (OHVA), devotes much of her life to extensive community service projects and was crowned the 2016 Logan County Fair Queen last month. 


“OHVA not only gave me a deeper learning experience and a more flexible schooling schedule, but it also allowed me to meet some amazing people that I know I will have a lifetime friendship with, she said. 


Monica, who was selected as her local 4-H Club president and OHVA Student Council president her senior year, was initially hesitant to run for fair queen. However, her 4-H advisors and friends, who are also OHVA students, encouraged her to enter. 


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How This GWUOHS “Student of the World” is Creating Change

GWUOHS student Sarah Hesterman at UN Youth Assembly in February 

2016 George Washington University Online High School (GWUOHS) graduate Sarah Hesterman is eager to make an impact. She will attend her second United Nations’ Youth Assembly this week at the UN Headquarters in New York. 

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As a child of two military parents, Sarah is used to moving around. In 2013, Sarah and her family moved to Qatar. There, Sarah attended school and traveled to different countries including Jordan, Tanzania, and India during her breaks. 


“I met girls my age that were in such terrible situations,” Sarah said. “No matter where you are, you can see girls being marginalized and ostracized.”  


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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.