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Written by Jenna Needham

The time commitment and drive it takes to train with former Olympic figure skaters would intimidate most people, but Cienna Baka takes on the challenge with ease.  She is able to do this because of the flexible schedule that online education provides.  Cienna is a 10th grade student at Ohio Virtual Academy (OHVA) who has dedicated her life to ice skating competitively.

Since she was six years old, Cienna has always been training on the ice or traveling constantly for competitions. Her schedule is so busy that her entire family operates around it. With such a huge time commitment to her ice skating, this would prove to make going to a brick-and-mortar school a difficult task. This is what led her family to distance education.

Ohio Virtual Academy provided such an accommodating schedule for Cienna that she can do her work or communicate with her teachers easily at the ice skating rink or even on the road. Cienna now balances her year-round ice skating, traveling, and school work effortlessly since she enrolled in the virtual school.

Cienna’s parents credit OHVA for providing their daughter with a great education as well as giving her the time it takes for her to pursue her passion.

This summer she will be competing in Lake Placid, New York and Hershey, Pennsylvania as well as Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan. She will also compete in the Eastern Great Lakes regional competition, which includes the best skaters out of a seven state area.  Check out Cienna competing in this video!

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