On May 12th, Allison Cleveland, K12 Executive Vice President of School Services, offered insight and words of wisdom for the 90 graduates of the Arkansas Virtual Academy (ARVA) Class of 2018. The school’s commencement ceremony was held at the First Baptist Church in Little Rock.
Students Martha Lagasse, Krisangela Welch, Grace Turner and Mitchell Hendren each made the Governor’s Distinguished Scholars list. The class received approximately one million dollars in scholarship funds. More than a quarter of the class graduated with honors.
As Cleveland noted, “Marissa Davis plans to study pre-med. Lania Bachus plans to study law. Caleb Treat plans to work with trucks. Melissa Johnson plans for a future in computers. Ashleigh Rogers plans to study nursing. Christina Leavins is pursuing real estate. Colton Odell plans to go into farming. Bree’a Martinez plans study archeology…that’s really cool!”
The list of colleges and universities students plan to attend include: University of Arkansas, Grand Canyon University, Arkansas State University, Southern New Hampshire University, Evergreen State College, Arizona State University, Pulaski Technical College, the Theater Arts Preparatory School, and many more.
Valedictorian Grace Turner, a National Merit Scholarship Winner and Clinton Foundation Scholarship Winner, will attend Hendrix College. Salutatorian Mitchell Hendren is headed to Arkansas Tech.
Cleveland reassured the Class of 2018 that there is still time for them to figure out who they are and what they want to do, sharing that her own personal career journey was not necessarily predictable.
“Whether you know what you want to do now, whether you decide tomorrow, or ten years from now, what’s important is that you make a plan that’s right for you.” Cleveland concluded by urging students to take ownership of their future, just as they took ownership of their online education at ARVA.
Congratulations and the best of luck to the ARVA Class of 2018!