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NVVA Teshi Thomas

Addressing the Issues of Bullying with Bully Busters

    Originally aired on KLAS-TV – September 14, 2018 Nevada Virtual Academy student Teshi Thomas is a co-host on Bully Busters 702 to help address the problem of bullying in schools. “It was tough seeing myself and others hurt,” she says. Online learning has given her the chance to help stop bullying. To learn […]

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High School Student Uses his Coding Skills for Good

Originally aired on Cheddar – September 13, 2018 Jonathan Daniel used his coding skills to help out his local food bank when he noticed the record keeping system was outdated. The current high school senior joins Cheddar to discuss his app TEFAP Tracker, why he thinks everyone should learn to code, and what his hopes […]

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OVCA Student DeeAnna Phillips Scores on the Rink and in the Classroom

Originally aired on KOCO-TV Oklahoma City – September 12, 2018 Thanks to online learning, Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy (OVCA) senior DeeAnna Phillips found the perfect balance between schoolwork with hockey practice. The 18-year-old does not let her high-functioning autism get in the way of excelling in the virtual classroom and on the rink. To learn […]

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Teen Uses Love of Animals to Bring Smiles to Nursing Homes and Schools

Originally aired on ABC 22  – September 10, 2018 SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – A Miami Valley teen is using her love of animals and bringing smiles to people in nursing homes and schools. Fourteen-year-old Maelynn Rose started showing dogs when she was 12 by joining the American Kennel Club. Her efforts brought home numerous awards and life […]

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Local Teen Goes from Bullied Student to Champion Drag Racer

Originally aired on WCMH-TV Columbus – September 5, 2018 COLUMBUS (WCMH) — He’s only 13 years old and is already overcoming some of life’s hardest obstacles. Jesse Cochran went from a bullied student to a champion drag racer, even securing sponsorship from two local businesses. His family, love for racing, and a change in school made all […]

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Local Teen Trains Therapy Dogs for Nursing Home and School Visits

Originally aired on WDTN-TV – September 5, 2018 SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – A 14-year-old Huber Heights girl is making a difference in the Miami Valley with her two therapy dogs. High school freshman, Maelynn Rose visits local schools and nursing homes with her pooches, Titan and Troy – and she does it for just one reason. […]

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Oklahoma Family Farm Trying to Reduce Food Waste

Originally aired KOKH-TV Oklahoma City – September 4, 2018 At the Ada Farmers Market, Brayleigh Gregory is selling some of the freshest watermelon, okra, and cucumbers around. The 16 year old started Diamond G Produce with her brother, Nathan, after he retired from the Army for medical reasons. They both love working with family, but […]

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SHE SCORES! Yukon Teen with Autism has Unique Spot on Boys’ Hockey Team

Originally published in the Yukon Progress– August 31, 2018 By Alyssa Sperrazza Staff Writer For DeeAnna Phillips, defying social norms is just another Monday. The recently-turned 18-year-old Yukon resident spends most of her time on an ice rink, not as a figure skater, but as a member of a boy’s hockey team. Phillips started skating […]

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Yukon Teen Overcoming Struggles with Autism Through Online Schooling, Hockey

Originally aired on KFOR-TV – August 27, 2018 YUKON, Okla. – A Yukon teen is beating the odds in more than one way. The 18-year-old with Autism is excelling in online school and on the ice – as she’s the only girl on her hockey team. As it turns out, a not-so-traditional approach made all […]