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K12 teen with one arm masters taekwondo, has eyes set on 2024 Paralympic Games

Originally published by ABC News – October 21, 2019 Four years ago, Austin Osner was depressed and anxious about interacting with people because of the constant bullying he faced in school. Presently, the 14-year-old from Fairfield, Ohio, is competing in taekwondo tournaments across the country and hopes to qualify for the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris, France. Osner’s mother, Kristin McGinn, told […]

16-Year-Old Logs Hundreds of Volunteer Hours to Honor Father

Originally published on MSN.com – September 6, 2019 Military families sacrifice so much for our country. One young lady in Keller knows that sacrifice personally, but she has chosen to take her military father’s example of service to do something good for every community she has lived in. Katie McClung, 16, has a similar story […]

Student-run toy drive strives to collect over 18,000 toys this year

Originally published in the Urbana Daily Citizen – October 22, 2019 The bar has been raised this year by Tyler Slaven and his sister Monica. The local brother/sister duo started a toy drive while in high school five years ago and it has blossomed into a regional, if not national, success story. The Slavens, who […]

Bloomington Figure Skater Wren Warne-Jacobsen, 16, Has Olympics In Her Sights

Originally aired on WCCO-TV – November 8, 2019 Bloomington figure skater Wren Warne-Jacobsen is chasing her Olympic dreams one step at a time. Figure skating is about expression. “It feels amazing. It feels like I can take whatever I’m feeling and put it out there,” Warne-Jacobsen said. “It’s the most amazing feeling ever.” Her career […]

Local teen doesn’t let musculoskeletal disorder keep her down

Originally published in the Seymour Tribune – November 8, 2019 Music is more than a hobby for Amelia Gay. It has been a life jacket for the 16-year-old, keeping her afloat during the rough waters of her life. She sings, plays guitar, piano and ukulele and just picked up the kalimba, a small wooden African […]

Dancing Machine

Originally aired on WTTG-TV – November 8, 2019 Virginia Virtual Academy student Joanna Surface is a dancing machine! The 8-year-old is making a name for herself by competing across the country. With online learning at VAVA, she’s perfecting her dance moves and keeping up with her classes. She went on Good Day DC to show […]

Charter School Food Pantry

Originally aired on KTSU-TV – November 5, 2019 Volunteers, staff, and students at Utah Virtual Academy are giving back this season. They did so by preparing a food pantry for UTVA families in need. With an overwhelming amount of donations and support from students and the community, UTVA’s Student Services Administrator, Luann Charles said “It’s […]

Volusia County girl gives back to community after being bullied

Originally aired on WKMG-TV – October 29, 2019 An 11-year-old Volusia County girl is sending a message of hope and kindness after she experienced bullying because of her health issues. “I’d be crying a lot of the time, almost every morning,” Paige Proeger said. She’s felt extreme stomach pain for years. “A couple of times […]

10-year-old world champion dancer overcomes bullying

Originally aired on WIAT-TV – October 31, 2019 World champion dancer Dorthy Brooks said dancing is what keeps her going, especially after experiencing bullying at school. Dorthy, 10, has her own ballroom at her house, a place she says she can dance like no one is watching. “Just being yourself and dancing by yourself without […]

Utahns embrace alternatives to traditional schooling

Originally aired on KTVX-TV – October 29, 2019 Thousands of Utah students are homeschooled, and parents are deciding to have their children learn at home for many different reasons. Karen Latham said she often hears the same misconceptions from people when she tells them that she homeschools her kids. The first is, “You’re a saint; […]