This year has been an extraordinary time for all of us and especially our students and their families. I have no doubt the persistence and determination they have demonstrated, not only these two months but through their entire academic careers, will lead them to many successes as they move forward.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (PRWEB) June 16, 2020
More than 400 graduating seniors from more than 50 counties across the state received their high school diplomas on Saturday, as members of Ohio Connections Academy’s (OCA) Class of 2020. The online public charter school typically hosts a traditional in-person commencement to recognize the academic achievement of its graduates. However due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the graduation ceremony was held virtually.
“Whether in person or thru a virtual ceremony, our faculty and staff is pleased to have the opportunity to show how proud we are of our students as they reach this academic milestone,” said Ohio Connections Academy Superintendent Marie Hanna. “This year has been an extraordinary time for all of us and especially our students and their families. I have no doubt the persistence and determination they have demonstrated, not only these two months but through their entire academic careers, will lead them to many successes as they move forward.”
The Class of 2020 is the school’s 12th graduating class for the state’s leading provider of high-quality, tuition-free virtual education for students in grades K–12. Nearly half of the 2020 graduates indicated they plan to attend a two or four-year college/university including The Ohio State University, Miami University, University of Cincinnati, University of Toledo, Denison University, Cleveland State University, Yale University, Brigham Young University and the United States Air Force Academy.
Among the Ohio Connections Academy graduates honored during the commencement ceremony was 2020 Valedictorian Jessica Nichols of Medina who has been accepted to the Jack, Joseph & Morton Mandel Honors College at Cleveland State University that includes a full tuition scholarship for four years of undergraduate coursework. Jessica’s plan is to graduate from CSU in 2024 with her Bachelor’s in multiple concentrations including English (creative writing track), Women's and Gender Studies, and Journalism & Promotional Communication along with a minor in Spanish.
“Ohio Connections Academy provided the flexibility and support that I needed to accomplish my goals from kindergarten through senior year, which made it possible for me to pursue college while in high school and earn my Associate degree through College Credit Plus,” Jessica said. “I'm excited to seek out new opportunities to further my education after I graduate.”
Thirty of this year’s graduates are members of the National Honor Society while more than 100 graduated with honors (3.5 GPA or better). Twenty-three of the graduates received an Academic Honors Diploma from the State of Ohio in recognition of high-level coursework completion, college and career readiness tests and real-world experiences. Overall, the Class of 2020 has received more than $3 million in college scholarships and awards.
Ohio Connections Academy is a free, fully-online, public school that students in grades K-12 attend from home. Ohio Connections Academy delivers high-quality, personalized education for students that combines certified teachers, a proven curriculum, as well as technology tools, and community experiences—online and in person—to create a supportive environment for children who want an individualized approach to education.
Enrollment for Ohio Connections Academy for the 2020-2021 school year is currently open and the school is hosting information sessions for interested families to learn more about virtual education and how teachers support the students. During the information sessions, families will also have an opportunity to learn about the online public school’s curriculum and interact with school representatives and other parents. A complete schedule of events with dates is available. More information about Ohio Connections Academy is available at http://www.OhioConnectionsAcademy.com or by calling (800) 382-6010.
About Ohio Connections Academy
Ohio Connections Academy (OCA) is a tuition-free, K-12 public eSchool that provides a fully accredited, high-quality and highly accountable virtual education experience for approximately 5,000 students from all over Ohio. Ohio Connections Academy combines Ohio-certified teachers and a rigorous, individualized curriculum designed by national education experts and customized to meet the specific standards set by the Ohio Department of Education. For more information, call 800–382–6010 or visit http://www.OhioConnectionsAcademy.com.