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Shelley Teen Graduates High School Early — and with 30 College Credits

Originally published in The Post Register – August 16, 2018 It was a dried up water well that pushed McKinley Hammond onto a path to early high school graduation and winning college scholarships. About four years ago, as the Hammonds’ family well dried up in Shelley, her father found work out of state to earn […]

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At Your School: Alabama Virtual Academy

Originally aired on WBRC-TV – August 16, 2018 Alabama Virtual Academy student Cheyenne Shealy found the perfect fit with online learning after being bullied and facing health obstacles. Thanks to public school at home, she is now a happier student and excelling in her academics! To learn more about Alabama Virtual Academy, visit https://alva.k12.com/.

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Teen Misdiagnosed with Anorexia was Really Suffering from Juvenile Arthritis

Originally aired on FOX 26 – August 13, 2018 At age 15, Natalie Chandler was misdiagnosed with anorexia and spent over 40 days in the hospital. Soon after, doctors diagnosed her with Juvenile Arthritis. Due to her medical condition, Natalie enrolled in Texas Online Preparatory School (TOPS). She says, “TOPS was everything I could have wanted; it […]


Wheatfield Boy, 8, Goes to School Online Because of Health Issues

Originally published in The Times of Northwest Indiana – August 11, 2018 WHEATFIELD — On his computer, A.J. Besson shot at germs and sliced fruit. “I can’t do this, it’s so hard,” the 8-year-old said. “You’re earning a lot of coins, so keep going,” said his mom, Candida York.  A.J. wasn’t just playing a video […]

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Local Girl Host Radio Show to Fight Bullying

Originally aired on KTNV-TV – August 11, 2018 Teshi Thomas is only 14, but already a Broadway actress and radio host. Teshi is a professional actress who booked a lead part for the Broadway production of The Lion King, but has now made it her mission to fight bullying across Las Vegas. Her radio program […]

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Gymnast Champ Launches Soap Business

Originally aired on CBS 46 – August 10, 2018 GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (CBS46) –A Gwinnett County kid is making a name for herself as a triple threat. Ten-year-old Addy Tep is a level seven gymnastics champ and a three-time medalist. She’s an exceptional student and she recently launched “Bath Bombs by Addy,” a soap making […]

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Alabama Virtual Academy Offers Free Online Schooling

Originally aired on WAFF-TV – August 9, 2018 HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) – Online learning is a way for families to have another option in education. Alabama Virtual Academy is free public schooling for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. More than 2,000 kids are enrolled this year in Alabama. “I think I’m learning more!” said Logan […]


Online Public School: A Less Distracting Option For Some Indiana Families

Originally aired on WRTV – August 9, 2018 With some families looking for a more flexible way to educate their kids, many are turning to online public school. Tommy Quinn, age 13, is going through non-traditional schooling away from the distractions of a traditional classroom. Quinn has autism. “I’m very into geography and maps,” Quinn […]

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Just Keep Swimming: Being Almost Blind Can’t Stop These Siblings

Originally aired on WRAL-TV – August 9, 2018 When a child is born with a severe visual impairment, it may seem like their academic and career options are limited. A Rolesville family with two children with that condition took it all as a challenge. A special school made it possible for 13-year-old Olivia Wilkerson and her 11-year-old […]

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Randleman Boy With Cystic Fibrosis Thrives Through Online Learning

Originally aired on WFMY-TV – August 7, 2018 RANDLEMAN, N.C.– A 7-year-old in Randleman is thriving, even while battling cystic fibrosis. He can’t go to a traditional school and his parents say that’s not stopping him. At six weeks old, doctors diagnosed Anthony Perez with cystic fibrosis–a rare genetic disease with no cure that affects […]