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The path to a high school diploma may not have always been a clear one for California Virtual Academies @ Maricopa (CAVA) 2018 graduate April Adams. Thanks to hard work and her supportive teachers, April was able to focus on her education and finish high school a year early, with a 4.0 GPA and college credits in hand.

April enrolled in CAVA in 10th grade, when she felt that traditional high school wasn’t providing enough of a challenge. “The classes were moving too slowly for me, and I would finish assignments faster than other students,” said April, who was getting into trouble for distracting her classmates while she waited for them to catch up. She and her aunt decided to give CAVA a try, and the distractions quickly disappeared.

April found new focus in the virtual classroom, and as she continued to move ahead in her studies she enrolled in courses at Antelope Valley College. Dual enrollment meant April could take college courses with her high school curriculum, an opportunity she calls one of the best she could have been given. Balancing high school and college allowed her to get ahead in her education, and gave her more responsibilities to manage.

“I have felt extremely supported at CAVA,” April said. “Especially by my guidance counselor Andrea Hagen, and my homeroom teacher Josh Tosland. They have made my time at CAVA one of the best experiences in my life!”

While high school has come to a successful conclusion for April, she continues to explore all her options; she will continue her education at a local community college this fall, and in the meantime she is working towards a certificate as a deaf studies interpreter.

Congratulations April, and the entire CAVA Class of 2018!

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