Indiana Connections Academy Graduates Earn More Than $10.75 Million In Scholarship Awards

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Online school celebrates more than 600 graduates during in-person commencement ceremony

Three female graduates pose together

Online school students celebrate graduation during in-person commencement ceremony

This is a challenging path, one that has required strength of character, incredible work ethic, perseverance, patience and a profound sense of self direction and motivation. Congratulations for reaching this milestone.

Indiana Connections Academy recently graduated 636 students as part of the Class of 2019, a diverse and accomplished group of graduates who collectively earned more than $10.75 million in scholarships and awards. Students attending the full-time online public school gathered from across the state for an in-person ceremony with family, friends and teachers to celebrate student achievements.

“This is a challenging path,” said Melissa Brown, executive director of Indiana Connections Academy. “One that has required strength of character, incredible work ethic, perseverance, patience and a profound sense of self direction and motivation. Congratulations for reaching this milestone.”

The majority of graduates, 70 percent, plan to attend two- or four-year colleges or universities. Additional graduates have plans to attend vocational training programs (6 percent), join the military (three percent) or enter the workforce directly upon graduation (20 percent).

Standout seniors who walked across the stage included:

  • Caleb Boger from Pekin, Ind. will join the United States Marine Corps. Boger will head to basic training in August 2019.
  • Gabriella Bzezinksi from Indianapolis will attend the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. She plans to study Human Ecology, with a self-designed major focusing on art, environmental studies and French. Gabriella chose Indiana Connections Academy because it gave her the flexibility to balance a competitive gymnast schedule.
  • Emma Johnson from Valparaiso, Ind., plans to study special education at Ball State University. Johnson received a Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, which offers four-year, full-tuition to any accredited public or private college or university in Indiana.
  • Mia Miller from Goshen, Ind. will pursue a career in marketing at Southern Arkansas University while also following her dream of rodeoing by competing on the school’s rodeo team.
  • Ashleigh Neier, from Avon, Ind. served as president of National Honors Society, vice president of Student Council and a member of the Math Club. Neier was awarded a Barbara J. Dreyer Cares Foundation scholarship in honor of the Connections Academy co-founder. She plans to attend Bethel University to study American Sign Language Interpreting before pursuing a doctorate in Occupational Therapy.
  • Xavier Neier from Avon, Ind. plans to attend Butler University and major in Actuarial Science. Neier was also awarded a Barbara J. Dreyer Cares Foundation scholarship in honor of the Connections Academy co-founder.
  • Mickayla Stuckey, from Union City, Ind., will attend Eastern Michigan University where she will join the gymnastics team. In addition to her academic endeavors at Indiana Connections Academy, Stuckey also helped take care of the animals on her family’s farm while also practicing with her gymnastics team 20 – 24 hours per week.

With the ability to work anywhere there is an Internet connection, students hail from small and large cities in Indiana – including Evansville, Fort Wayne, Franklin, Indianapolis, Martinsville, Shelbyville, South Bend and more. In total, more than 2,500 students have now received a diploma from Indiana Connections Academy.

Enrollment is currently underway for the 2019 – 2020 school year. Details about upcoming information sessions and other events including dates and locations is available online or by calling 888.410.6502. For more information about Indiana Connections Academy, visit IndianaConnectionsAcademy.com.

About Indiana Connections Academy
Indiana Connections Academy (INCA) is a K-12 virtual charter school authorized by Ball State University that offers students statewide a high-quality, highly accountable, tuition-free, public education option. INCA delivers superior, personalized education for students, with the freedom and flexibility to experience our online learning community from anywhere. The combination of state-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. For more information, call 800-382-6010 or visit IndianaConnectionsAcademy.com.

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