Ohio Virtual Academy Class of 2014 Offered more than $1.65 Million in College Scholarships

Online students plan to attend top universities across the country

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COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Ohio Virtual Academy (OHVA), a full-time tuition-free online public charter school for students in Ohio, will honor its graduates during a 2014 ceremony taking place this Saturday, June 7th at 1 p.m. at the World Harvest Church. The graduating class has amassed an impressive total of more than $1.65 million in college scholarship money offered.

The ceremony will kick off with remarks from Megan Grender, Valedictorian of the graduating class. At the outset of the school year, Megan had already completed all of her high school credits necessary to graduate. As a result, she decided to enroll as a ‘post-secondary education option’ or PSEO student, which allowed her to take classes at Miami University while simultaneously taking classes at OHVA. Being the high achiever that she is, Megan also accepted a job and worked part-time while maintaining excellent grades for her schoolwork, and received dual credit for each of her classes. She has since accepted, with scholarship, an offer to attend the University of Dayton this fall.

Knautika Grubbs is Salutatorian of the graduating class. She is also a PSEO student at OHVA and this past year held an internship at the Cleveland Clinic. Knautika remains undecided as to where she will be attending school next year, but is “looking forward to starting a new journey at college and also beginning a career in nursing.”

Bradley Sneed is another standout graduating senior. Throughout his senior year, Brad has balanced academic success while maintaining a busy schedule following his true passion – hockey. He made All-Star teams at the tryouts for the Johnstown Tomahawks and the Topeka Roadrunners and is currently playing junior hockey (Tier III) for the Wooster Oilers in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League. Since age 4, Brad has had a love for being on the ice. He previously attended a brick-and-mortar school but decided to attend OHVA for his senior year to allow for more flexibility with his busy playing schedule away from home.

"OHVA’s administration, teachers and staff are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating class. These students have worked hard to reach their goal of graduation and deserve to be recognized for their achievements. The fact that OHVA could provide a framework for students to succeed is truly an honor,” said Kyle Wilkinson, 11th and 12th grade Principal at Ohio Virtual Academy. “Our teachers and staff would like to thank the graduating students for allowing them the honor of helping each and every student to reach their educational goals. We hope that each member of the graduating class is moving on, not only having achieved academic success but also having furthered themselves as young men and women. OHVA is excited to celebrate with the students, family and friends at our graduation ceremony.”

The ceremony’s keynote speaker is Christian Moore, CEO of WhyTry, a program used by OHVA that provides social and emotional learning curriculum plans. Moore’s significant knowledge and deep understanding of the education industry make him a valuable contributor.

While the accomplishment of a high school diploma is an achievement in itself, the vast majority of students from the OHVA Class of 2014 have chosen to take their studies to the next level, including post-secondary colleges, advanced training and the military. Some of the colleges chosen by this year's graduating class include:

            Air Force Academy             Northern Kentucky University
Art Institute of Pittsburgh Ohio State University
Brigham Young University Ohio University
California Institute of the Arts San Diego State
John Carroll University University of Cincinnati
Kent State University University of Dayton
Miami University of Ohio University of Toledo
Virginia Military Institute Xavier University

To learn more about the program, OHVA hosts free community events and online information sessions throughout the year. Families can find more information on upcoming events and how to enroll by visiting: www.k12.com/ohva.

Contact:
for Ohio Virtual Academy (OHVA)
Jenna Robinson, 215-735-3470 x132
jrobinson@brownsteingroup.com

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