Lighthouse Connections Academy Shines Spotlight on Graduating Class

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Online school serving students statewide in grades K-12 celebrates its 50 seniors in the Class of 2020 with virtual commencement ceremony

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Lighthouse Connections Academy Celebrates Class of 2020

The impact of the COVID-19 crisis has been felt by everyone and I have been impressed by the resiliency and commitment of our seniors in maintaining their focus on reaching their goals.

Graduation is a time of celebration – paying tribute to those students who have worked tirelessly over the past 13 years to reach this milestone. Lighthouse Connections Academy, a tuition-free, state-wide public virtual school serving students in grades K-12, recently honored its Class of 2020 in an online ceremony, capping a school year highlighted by continued student learning amidst a global pandemic.

“This school year has been unlike any other and it will not soon be forgotten,” said Sherrie Buchzeiger, Lighthouse Connections Academy principal. “The impact of the COVID-19 crisis has been felt by everyone and I have been impressed by the resiliency and commitment of our seniors in maintaining their focus on reaching their goals.”

“Because there has been so much uncertainty during this time,” Buchzeiger continued, “I know our students were comforted by the lack of disruption in their school life – that they appreciated the sense of normalcy achieved through daily engagement with their teachers over the past several months.”

Lighthouse Connections Academy offers a high-quality curriculum taught by state-certified teachers. The virtual school allows students to learn at their own pace while having the flexibility to explore a variety of enrichment opportunities – from sports to arts to community service – at their convenience.    

Mahalabelle Gigous, a Lighthouse Connections Academy 2020 graduate at the top of her class, enrolled in virtual learning her junior year of high school. “Switching to Lighthouse reignited my passion for learning,” said Gigous, who has plans to continue at an online university in the fall. “I used to be swallowed up by classroom politics and was frequently distracted. I knew I had to do something, and Lighthouse was the right option for me.” A resident of Frankfort, Mahalabelle was joined by nearly 50 peers at the school’s online graduation ceremony.

“While we all would have preferred to meet in-person to mark this special occasion, the health and well-being of our students and families is our top priority, so hosting an online ceremony was the appropriate solution,” Buchzeiger said. “Our students have made tremendous strides during their time at Lighthouse Connections Academy and I am eager to see what they accomplish moving forward.”    

For more information on online learning or to enroll your child at Lighthouse Connections Academy, visit or call 855-741-5126.

About Lighthouse Connections Academy
Lighthouse Connections Academy (LCA) is a recently-approved statewide tuition-free, full-time public virtual charter school for students in grades K-12. The school utilizes the nationally-recognized Connections Academy program, combining Michigan-certified teachers, a high-quality curriculum, unique technology tools, electives, clubs and community experiences to create an individualized approach to education. Lighthouse Connections Academy is authorized by Oxford Community Schools and is overseen by its own governing board and school leader. For more information, call 855-741-5126 or visit

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