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Northern Michigan Teen Competes at Michigan DECA State Finals

Originally aired on WWTV – March 2, 2020 Michigan DECA is hosting its state finals on Mar. 5 in Detroit and one local teen is getting ready to showcase her work. We were LIVE with sophomore Samantha Helsel and head of the Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy, Kendall Schroeder to talk about what the competition looks […]

Lake Elsinore actress, 13, has sights on Broadway

Originally published in The Press-Enterprise – February 28, 2020 Lake Elsinore resident Kiley Moore is just 13. But she already has substantial professional acting experience under her belt, including film credits, voice-over work and numerous theater roles. Moore discovered that she loved acting at 5, when she was cast in a kindergarten play. “I really, […]

Manton student to test her marketing knowledge

Originally published in the Cadillac News – February 28, 2020 It started with raffle tickets and a love of problem-solving. Now Samantha Helsel’s interest in marketing is getting a whole lot more serious. The Great Lakes Virtual Academy student is competing at Michigan DECA state finals on March 5 after qualifying through a district competition. […]

Teenage sisters start sheep shearing business in Newaygo Co

Originally aired on WXMI-TV– February 20, 2020 A pair of teenage sisters living in Newaygo County are seeing some success after starting their own small business 3 years ago. Fawn, 18, and Grace, 16, Muraske has spent most of their lives living around animals. The girls live at a large property in White Cloud with […]

Las Vegas teen overcomes bullying, shares accomplishments

Originally aired on KLAS-TV – February 26, 2020 According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more than one out of every five students report being bullied. 8 News NOW Reporter Sally Jaramillo shares the story of a teen who overcame bullying and his recent accomplishments. Coye Shelton was bullied as a child at school. […]

AZVA Student on News 4 Kids

Originally aired on KVOA-TV – February 22, 2020 Arizona Virtual Academy student Ysrael Hernandez joined the Bear Essential News team on Tucson’s KVOA-TV to discuss the benefits of fostering a pet and giving it a forever home. She also shared with viewers how her family adopted a pet and rescued it from the shelters. To […]

Local teen codes his way toward software development career

Originally aired on WISC-TV – February 23, 2020 The software development industry could see major growth within the decade, with nearly 300,000 jobs expected to be added in the United States, according to a recent study by Hacker Rank. Coding is like another language for Ian Santin. “With programming, you have to narrow down your thinking […]

The Shepherd’s Shack: Kokomo teen launches dog product business despite physical obstacles

Originally published in the Tribune-Star – February 25, 2020 Lizzy Lewellyn isn’t your typical entrepreneur. First, she’s 17 years old and full-time high school student. Second, she has scoliosis and was born with a rare medical condition called arthrogryposis, which causes curved joints and shortened muscles that make it hard to do certain movements. But […]

Pottstown parent highlights cyber-charter tuition debate

Originally published in The Mercury – February 14, 2020 Debate about traditional public schools versus charter and cyber-charter schools often pits the two sides as absolutes. But Pottstown parent Karah Hoefel represents all of the above. The Pottstown native, who recently returned to her hometown after a stint in New Jersey, has her oldest daughter […]