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How a blind teen worked to become a champion bowler

Originally aired on KRON-TV – December 29, 2020 This is an inspirational story about a champion bowler who can barely see all the pins he knocks down, and yet, he keeps going.  The sound of a strike from Modesto native and champion bowler Jacob Gaddam — Jacob himself can’t hear it, without using his hearing […]

OHVA Alum Donates Over 11,000 toys

Originally published in Springfield News-Sun – October 16, 2020 A Logan County teen works each year to help donate thousands of toys to children in need. Tyler Slaven, 19, of De Graff, has donated a total of more than 35,000 toys to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus through an annual toy drive that he’s led […]

Slavens’ perennial toy drive continues despite COVID-19

Originally published in the Urbana Daily Citizen – December 4, 2020 The annual area toy drive organized by DeGraff’s Tyler Slaven and his sister Monica that has collected over 35,000 toys in the last five years has hit a bump in the road this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is their 6th annual […]

OHVA Alumni Organizes Toy Drive, Seeks Donations

Originally published in the Lima News – December 5, 2020 The annual area toy drive organized by DeGraff’s Tyler Slaven and his sister Monica that has collected over 35,000 toys in the last five years has hit a bump in the road this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is their sixth annual toy […]

OHVA Alumni Continues His Holiday Toy Drive Despite COVID Pandemic

Originally aired on WHIO-TV – December 4, 2020 A local man has donated 35,000 toys over the past five years to children in the hospital during Christmas. For 20-year-old Tyler Slaven, it’s his mission to bring Christmas cheer for sick children. “It’s a joy to work with everybody for the same effort to put a […]

OHVA alum, and now teacher explains why school choice works

Originally published by Toledo Blade – October 30, 2020 Everyone deserves the ability to choose a better life for themselves. I believe this starts with education. When we’re young, we don’t realize which decisions will impact the rest of our lives. For me, it was choosing to leave a school where I was bullied and […]

Letter: Options to being bullied

Originally published in the Monterey Herald – October 20, 2021 Bullying should have no place in schools, but far too often we see it taking a front-row seat in our classrooms. I remember being bullied in my local school, and my parents started noticing the impacts it was having on me. My parents discovered California Virtual Academies […]

Letter: Online school is a valuable alternative

Originally published in the Post Register – September 20, 2020 Students shouldn’t feel held back by their school. Every student has unique needs that aren’t always met by a one-size-fits-all environment. And this is true for many students across Idaho. As a student, I remember the feeling of independence and complete control I had over […]

Letter: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Originally published in The Arizona Daily Star – August 28, 2020 I want to reassure families online school is a solution that works. Not long ago, I was searching for an option that allowed more freedom in where and when I could do my school. My extracurricular activities schedule became increasingly difficult to manage while […]