Class Acts: Valedictorian Bound for London

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This article was originally published in Learning Liftoff.

Learning Liftoff’s Class Acts series profiles inspiring online education graduates.  Their stories showcase how individualized, award-winning curriculum and technology combine to greatly influence student success and help propel the pursuit of post-graduate dreams.

Haley Justice has always been an academically driven student. When her family lived in Vietnam, the grading scale was one through seven versus the A–F scale used in the United States. She received a five in physical education and was devastated. Haley was determined to receive a seven, and she worked daily to improve her skills.

Her efforts triggered an interest in fitness, so she joined the basketball and volleyball teams. It wasn’t until her freshman year that she decided to focus on dancing.

Haley’s passion for fitness and dancing grew, and she was eventually accepted into New York’s Joffrey Ballet School her junior year. From the fundamentals of ballet and jazz to hip hop and contemporary, Haley performed them all.

Through K12 International Academy, Haley was able to excel in both her dancing and educational pursuits. She took the AP classes she wanted, and was more determined than ever to be successful in all of her courses. She achieved her goals, and this year she graduated first out of a class of 250 to be named iCademy’s 2015 valedictorian!

She’ll start in the fall as a freshman at Kingston University in London, England, where she’ll be studying dance, of course. She hopes to dance as long as she can and eventually become a manager or director one day.

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K¹² International Academy Student to Compete in the 2015 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Nikolett Albrechtovics, a student at K¹²Internatioanl Academy.

U.S. Figure Skating is the National Governing Body (NGB) for figure skating in the United States, as recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and International Skating Union (ISU). As the NGB, we oversee the competitive pipeline for athletes to advance to competition at the national level, and eventually to represent the United States at international competitions, including the World Championships and Olympic Winter Games.

I am pleased to tell you that Nikolett recently placed 1st at the 2015 Eastern Sectional Figure Skating Championships, in the Juvenile Girls FS event. Because Nikolett’s placement was in the top four, she earned the opportunity to compete at the 2015 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

The U.S. Figure Skating Championships is our national championships, which is considered the most prestigious figure skating event held annually in the United States. Here, Nikolett will compete against the other eleven athletes that finished in the top four at the Juvenile level at their respective sectional championships.

The 2015 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships will take place January 17-25, 2015, in Greensboro, North Carolina. Travel to this event will require her to miss several days of class. On behalf of U.S. Figure Skating, we would greatly appreciate it if you would work with Nikolett and her family to excuse this absence, and to assist her in preparing in for the material that she will miss.

We understand that school absences are a challenge for athletes and for schools, and we thank you in advance for working with Nikolett to ensure she can be successful at both. The life skills that our athletes learn from participating in competitive figure skating are often the same skills that help them to excel at school and later in life.

In addition, we invite you to learn about this event by visiting http://www.northcarolina2015.com. You can follow the results and see live streaming of all events at www.icenetwork.com, or click here. Championship events will be broadcast on NBC, January 24-25, 2015.

If you have any questions about Nikolett’s participation in these national championships, please contact me at: (719)228-3455, or by e-mail at: kvogtner.

Sincerely,

Kelly Vogtner

U.S. Figure Skating

Senior Director, Athlete Development