Colorado Connections Academy, Leading Virtual School, Celebrates Largest Graduating Class

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Statewide virtual school’s Class of 2014 graduates at an in-person ceremony; has future plans to attend four-year universities, community colleges, and pursue other passions

Colorado Connections Academy Class of 2014 group photo

Colorado Connections Academy celebrates the success of the Class of 2014 at an in-person graduation ceremony.

We are so proud of our graduates and what they have accomplished...We have students who were with us for many years and it has been exciting to watch their growth and know they thrived in this learning environment.

Colorado Connections Academy (ColoCA), a leading, fully accredited virtual public school for grades K-12 in Colorado, celebrated the graduation of its largest senior class to date. More than 100 students earned their high school diploma in the 2013-14 school year.

Sixty-one of the graduating seniors attended a traditional graduation ceremony with ColoCA’s district partner, Mapleton Public Schools. The ceremony took place at the Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts on Saturday, May 31. Arthur MacWaters, ColoCA’s valedictorian, served as one of the two emcees at the graduation ceremony. Arthur is an accomplished student who was awarded the Mary John Goree Scholarship, available for any Las Animas County student accepted to Princeton University. The scholarship will cover all of Arthur’s tuition and fees at Princeton for four years. He is the first online school student to ever receive the scholarship. Arthur plans to study politics and engineering.

The Colorado Connections Academy graduating Class of 2014 represents an extremely diverse and accomplished group of students. They include:

  •     Drew Burton, a highly competitive gymnast from Elizabeth, who received an athletic scholarship to Stanford University. After finding himself in the gym up to 35 hours a week, the ease and flexibility of Connections Academy allowed him to pursue his career goals. He has dreamed of becoming a competitive gymnast since he was four years old and first stepped into a gym, and he will now be competing as a member of the prestigious university’s men’s gymnastics squad.
  •     Leah Robinson of Rocky Ford, who was awarded a scholarship to CSU Pueblo where she will study elementary education. She intends to pursue a master’s degree in deaf education after developing a passion for sign language through her studies at Connections Academy. She also serves as President of the National Honor Society (NHS) and has organized a program for NHS members to read to children at their local elementary school and is currently creating on an online story hour.
  •     Domino Douglas, one of the very first students to attend Connections Academy when the school opened in 2002, has spent her entire educational experience with Connections. She plans to attend Metropolitan State University of Denver (Metro) and hopes to pursue studies in illustration and costume design.

“We are so proud of our graduates and what they have accomplished, and wish them continued success as they move on to college and other endeavors,” said ColoCA’s Principal, Chaille Hymes. “We have students who were with us for many years and it has been exciting to watch their growth and know they thrived in this learning environment. We believe the experience with Connections Academy will fully prepare them for all the exciting challenges ahead!”

For families interested Colorado Connections Academy, enrollment for the 2014-15 school year is underway and information sessions and events are being held across the state.

About Colorado Connections Academy
Through its contract with the Mapleton Public School District, ColoCA delivers superior, personalized education for students, with the freedom and flexibility to experience the online learning community from anywhere. The combination of Colorado-certified teachers, a proven curriculum, technology tools, and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education. ColoCA opened in 2002 and today serves more than 2000 students statewide. Colorado Connections Academy is accredited by North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI). For more information, call 800-382-6010 or visit

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