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Small town local golfer shooting for the big time

Originally aired by CBS Raleigh – December 22, 2020 The small town of Pikeville, North Carolina, population 600, is home to one of the nation’s top young female golfers. Eleven-year-old Ella Hannant is racking up trophies at an early age, including winning the Drive, Chip, and Putt competition at the Masters. “It was amazing seeing […]

Deafblind 17-year-old CAVA student becomes champion level bowler

Originally published by NBC Sacramento – December 17, 2020 Seventeen-year-old Jacob Goddam from Modesto is a champion-level bowler who has bowled several perfect 300 games — while also reaching the nationals four years in a row. But he’s not your average bowler, as Jacob is legally blind and deaf. To learn more about California Virtual […]

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 […]

Some students finding success with online education

Originally aired on WXOW-TV – December 8, 2020 Educators at the Minnesota Virtual Academy (MNVA) said before the pandemic, many parents came to the academy because they wanted alternative learning opportunities for their children. The academy, based in Houston since 1999, is entirely online. Assistant Principal Shelley Gates said the academy is a public K-12 school […]

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 […]

Letter: Look for school options that work for you

Originally published by The Roanoke Times – December 1, 2020 Being a high schooler in 2020 is tough. This summer, after my public school announced it would transition to remote learning, I dreaded going back to class. Once fall began, so did the issues with the online system. I was struggling to stay engaged, didn’t […]

Families turn to digital school amid pandemic

Originally aired on WRTV – November 30, 2020 The Indiana Digital Learning School is a fully-accredited public school, serving kindergarten through 12th grade students from 92 Indiana counties. This year, an additional 2,000 students enrolled, including 2nd grader Mackenzie Dahill of Highland, Indiana. “The main reason was because of COVID-19,” said AnnMarie Dahill, Mackenzie’s mom. Dahill said […]