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After graduating from an online high school, powered by K12 Inc., three elite athletes are competing among the world’s best in their sport at the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang. Two elite Snowboarders, Arielle Gold and Meghan Tierney, as well as Freestyle Aerial Skier, Ashley Caldwell, will go for the gold the week of February 11th.

“The K12 family salutes Arielle, Meghan, and Ashley for their dedication to excellence in sports and academics,” said K12 President of Academics, Policy and Schools Kevin P. Chavous. “We are proud that increasing numbers of elite athletes from coast-to-coast are finding success with the personalized learning model. It is extremely gratifying to see K12-powered alumni represent our nation on Team USA.”

Arielle Gold is a 2014 graduate of Destinations Career Academy of Colorado (formerly Insight School of Colorado.) The 21-year-old Halfpipe Snowboarder from Steamboat Springs, Colorado has been a member of Team USA for four years and is studying to be a veterinarian in college.

“Online school allowed me to spend more time on the mountain in the early morning when weather conditions were better and focus on my studies at night or on bad weather days,” said Gold. “It also helped when traveling, as I easily took school with me.”

Three-time Winter Olympian Ashley Caldwell attended The Keystone School. The 25-year-old Ashburn, Virginia native earned a gold medal at the 2017 FIS Freestyle World Championships, where she became the first woman to cleanly land The Daddy – a full, double full, full.

Meghan Tierney is a 2017 graduate of The Keystone School. The 21-year-old is competing in her first Olympics in the sport of Snowboardcross.

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CODCA's Arielle Gold has been a member of Team USA for four years.

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Donna Savarese

Donna Savarese is Director of Corporate Communications and Public Relations for K12. Savarese also manages executive speechwriting and internal communications for the company. Previously, she served as a Senior Media Relations Manager within Lockheed Martin’s Worldwide Media Relations (WMR) department. She is a two-time Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist and twice won the Edward R. Murrow Award for journalism while serving as the 6 pm nightly news anchor for five years at KMOV, the CBS affiliate in St. Louis, Missouri. Savarese is the recipient of seven Emmy nominations, including a nomination in Sports and as ‘Best On-Air Talent’.

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