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WYVA student Rozlyn Herren seeing much success in Rodeo

Originally aired on KCWY-TV – March 30, 2021 At just 15-years-old, Rozlyn Herren has competed around the world for rodeo and most recently in Texas for the Junior American Rodeo Finals. “Just a couple weeks ago I got back from Fort Worth, Texas, and I was in the girls goat tying 15 hundred as well […]

MNVA Transforming Student Success

Originally aired KIMT-TV – March 30, 2021 While a lot of students are struggling with learning online through a computer – one Minnesota student prefers that way and it’s actually improving his grades. High school junior, Eric Arvis, has a developmental delay, which makes learning in school a little more difficult. His mom, Christine, explained […]

MGLVA students find bank robbery cash while playing outside during gym class

Originally aired WEYI-TV – March 26, 2021 The Bay County Sheriff recognized Elisabeth and Aiden Kunz for turning in more than $1000 they found while exercising during their gym class back in January of this year. The two found a chip bag containing more than $1000 and immediately told their mother. The parents contacted the […]

Southeast Minnesota teen benefits from online setting

Originally aired KTTC-TV – March 28, 2021 Distance learning has been a nightmare for a lot of students this year during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, for one New Richland teen, online school is a dream come true. “He has what we call developmental delay or an intellectual disability,” said Christina Petsinger about her son, Eric […]

AZVA Parent on School Choice

Originally published by The Arizona Daily Star – March 24, 2021 Every school is different. With virtual options more accessible, we need to understand that there’s a difference between emergency online learning and the school programs designed to be virtual from day one. That’s why I chose to enroll both my kids at Arizona Virtual […]

CAVA Teacher Uses Puppets to Engage Students Online

Originally aired on ABC Los Angeles – March 21, 2021 California Virtual Academies special education teacher Mechelle Gifford is using puppetry to engage her students with online learning. Mechelle said that the puppets provide “a window into the worlds” of the students and provide a level of comfort in the classroom. To learn more about […]

TOPS student makes impression with SAT score

Originally published by ABC San Diego – March 4, 2021 A young man from Trenton has a big academic achievement to share. Maxim Hudgins is an 8th grader studying at the Texas Online Preparatory School.  He’s already taken the SAT college entrance exam and he scored 1220; that puts him in the 83rd percentile of all test-takers (a perfect score is […]

CAVA Student Represents California in Microsoft Office Specialist National Championship

Originally published in The Silicon Valley Voice – March 18, 2021 With a nod in the right direction from her teacher and encouragement from her parents, Aya Istanbooly practiced, practiced, practiced before taking the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) National Championship Word certification exam online last December. The 15-year-old from Santa Clara passed with a perfect […]

ALDCA Student Creates Film on Gun Violence

Originally aired on FOX Birmingham – March 18, 2021 Alabama Destinations Career Academy student Christien Washington is an award-winning filmmaker. In the interview above, Christien shares more about his film and his goal to bring awareness to gun violence. He credits ALDCA with fueling his success and helping him pursue his passion for filmmaking. To […]

INDLS student uses art to help with sensory issues, creates videos to help others

Originally published by WISHTV Indianapolis – March 3, 2021 A Boone County teenager is using art to help with sensory issues, a side effect from a chromosomal abnormality. His diagnosis is so rare, it’s the only known case to date. Now, he’s sharing his story with others. Isaac Stark is creating videos to help others […]