PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA), an accredited, full-time online public school for students statewide, will hold an in-person graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 30 at 4 p.m. at Gilbert High School.
Arizona state senator Warren Petersen, a supporter of school choice, will deliver the keynote address to more than 100 AZVA graduates.
“Congratulations to the Arizona Virtual Academy Class of 2018 for reaching this significant milestone,” Petersen said. “Congratulations should also go to the graduates’ parents and families who have supported these students’ academic growth. We look forward to seeing the great things to come from this impressive group.”
Nearly half of this year’s graduating class will graduate with honors, and two students – William Badger and Micaela Zachmeier – were named National Merit Finalists.
William Lampman, the valedictorian of AZVA’s Class of 2018, will address his classmates. Lampman plans to study plant sciences and wildlife conservation at the University of Arizona on a Wildcat Excellence Scholarship. He is a transgender male who has been active within Phoenix’s LGBTQ community. Salutatorian Hannah Frey is president of AZVA’s National Honors Society chapter. She plans to attend Colorado School of Mines with multiple scholarships to study computational and applied mathematics.
Dr. Brandi Maynard from K12’s leadership team, and Brianna Manier, president of AZVA’s student government, will also speak at the commencement ceremony.
Collectively, AZVA’s Class of 2018 reports that it has been offered more than $1.1 million in college scholarships. Graduates report that they have been accepted to colleges and universities across the country, including Arizona State University, Baylor University, Colorado State University, Creighton University, Georgia Tech, Hofstra University, Indiana University, Northern Arizona University, Texas A&M, University of Tennessee, University of Texas, University of Washington, University of Wyoming and Washington State University. In addition, two students plan to join the military.
AZVA provides students statewide in kindergarten through 12th grade with a learning environment that works for them. The range of classes, extracurricular activities and supportive community give students of all abilities and backgrounds the chance to thrive.
Students choose online school for a variety of reasons, including a safe learning environment, advanced learning options and the ability to support extracurricular pursuits or medical needs.
Media is welcome to attend graduation. Details are as follows:
Arizona Virtual Academy Graduation Ceremony
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 – 4 p.m.
Gilbert High School
1101 E Elliot Road
Gilbert, AZ 85234
AZVA head of school Kelly Van Sande and graduating seniors, including Lampman and Frey, will be available for media interviews.
About Arizona Virtual Academy
Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA) is an accredited, full-time online public charter school that serves Arizona students in kindergarten through 12th grade. As part of the Arizona public school system, AZVA is tuition-free, giving parents and families the choice to access the curriculum provided by K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), the nation’s leading provider of K-12 proprietary curriculum and online education programs. For more information about AZVA, visit http://azva.k12.com.