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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. 

“Virginia Schappacher, who was actually my OHVA Student Council vice president this year, mentioned that she was thinking of running for her county fair queen in Fayette County, as well,” Monica said. “We decided that we would both put in our applications for our county fair queen – but only if the other did!”  

Monica was excited to announce that Virginia, one of her closest friends, was named first runner-up at the Fayette County Fair. 

Although Monica was originally homeschooled, she switched to online in her 5th grade year because she heard so many positive things about the quality of education at OHVA. She loved having the flexibility to help out on her family farm and get involved in her community. 

In addition to 4-H and Student Council president, Monica was selected as Choir vice president, Agricultural Society president, and National Honor Society president. Through these clubs, Monica has been able to touch the lives of others through a varietof community service projects. 

“My senior year has been my favorite and most touching year of my life so far,” Monica said. 

Monica, who has been involved with 4-H since she was 5 years old, plans to continue her involvement with the organization to “help promote agriculture and the passion for helping others” as a member and, eventually, an advisor.  

Monica will attend Urbana University this fall with a major in Agribusiness. She will graduate in two years, rather than four, because she was able to get a jump start on her college career while at OHVA.

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