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Dylan Brown

Brown Aims to Excel in Shooting Sports

Originally published in Gillette News Record – March 11, 2018 Dylan Brown has been shooting competitively for a year. At 14, Brown’s passion for hunting and fishing became strong enough that he pursued enrolling in a virtual school for more opportunities. This is the first year for Brown as a student at the Wyoming Virtual Academy, […]


Why My Generation Needs Skills Training – Stat!

Originally published in Getting Smart – March 10, 2018 As a high school senior, my classmates and I are excited to be preparing for the next stages of our lives. For some of us, that means college; others will join the military, and still others will head straight into the workforce. But are we prepared […]

Tara McCally

Houston Teen Gives Up Traditional School to Focus on Ballet

Originally aired on KHOU-TV – March 2, 2018 Tara McCally started dancing when she was just 2 years old, long before she can even remember. What she does remember is why she’s been doing it for going on 13 years. “I love going on stage and being whoever I want to be,” says the 15-year-old […]

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Janesville Teen with Autism Finds Passion Through Computers

Originally aired on WISC-TV on March 3, 2018 A local teenager with autism has a renewed love for school while taking online courses that let him focus on his passion for computer technology. Devon Casper, 14, has had a love of programming for years. “The school helps a ton, like for IT now that I’m doing it,” […]

Autumn Sanchez

Teen on Journey of Recovery After Losing Her Father

Originally published in Santa Fe New Mexican – March 3, 2018 One of Autumn Sanchez’s first lessons on her journey toward realizing her dream of becoming a veterinarian was to always remove any rings before working with animals. At about age 7, Autumn didn’t shy away when her father, Mark Sanchez, asked her to help […]


ISAZ Student Gabriella Parris Discovers Passion for Volunteering at Saddles of Joy

Originally aired on ABC 5 (KYMA-TV) – March 1, 2018 After her mother was diagnosed with cancer in 2009, Gabriella Parris started online school at the Insight Academy of Arizona. Thanks to the flexibility of online learning, Gabriella was able to discover her passion for giving back to the community in her spare time! She now dedicates 15 […]

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Autistic Local Excels at Arkansas Virtual Academy

Originally published in The Sheridan Headlight – February 28, 2018 After struggling in a brick and mortar school, Poyen youngster Jayden Masters is now succeeding in his online schooling. Masters, 9, has high-functioning autism. Due to his autism, Masters struggled when he was enrolled at Poyen Elementary School. Deciding that her son needed more one-on-one […]

Lily Carpenter KATV

KATV Little Rock: Receiving an Education Through Arkansas Virtual Academy

Originally aired on KATV – February 28, 2018 Due to severe medical issues, 14- year-old Sage carpenter and his 11-year-old sister, Lily, do not attend a brick and mortar school. Their parents decided to enroll them in Arkansas Virtual Academy. “I really like it. It is pretty good and it acts like a normal school, […]

Rider Fisher

Teen Lives Dream as Motocross Racer on the Road

Originally aired on KOIN TV – February 28, 2018 A 15-year-old motocross racer is living an extraordinary life — traveling all over the country with his dad and winning competitions left and right. Rider Fisher loves the sport he’s been doing since he was only 2 years old. “The adrenaline and the jumps and flying […]

Oniyah Burns Edited

Student, 15, Follows Different Path Toward Learning, Happiness

Originally published in Lewiston Sun Journal – February 24th, 2018. Last year was tough for Oniyah Burns. She was an eighth-grader in the midcoast area. She had social anxiety and was bullied by mean girls at school. She considered suicide, she said. This year is better. Her life turned around, she and her mother said, […]