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GLENDALE, Ariz .– (BUSINESS WIRE) – After a school year like no other, Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA) and Insight School of Arizona (ISAZ), two online public schools serving students across the State, will celebrate their graduates online with a launch ceremony for AZVA on May 26 and one for ISAZ on May 27.
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The virtual ceremonies will start at 6 p.m. for AZVA and at 4 p.m. for ISAZ by following the links below.
The theme for AZVA seniors this year is “This is my time … to work hard, to learn, to be successful, to grow, to prepare, to have joy in my accomplishments” and all the old people have all created their own “This is my Quote of the Time.” AZVA has been helping families in Arizona since 2003 and ISAZ since 2012.
“While other schools may have struggled with e-learning throughout the year, AZVA and ISAZ never missed a day of teaching, which kept our students motivated, enthusiastic and move on, ”said Charles Woods, principal of the AZVA school. “Their accomplishments deserve to be cited from the rim of the Grand Canyon, and we are pleased to provide a range of solutions that help all of our Arizona families.”
This year AZVA will graduate nearly 215 students and ISAZ will graduate over 260. About 72 AZVA seniors will graduate with a grade point average of at least 3.5. The AZVA class of 2021 has already won over $ 1.1 million in scholarships. For ISAZ, more than $ 50,000 in scholarships and several grants have been awarded.
Collectively, the graduating class reports that it has been accepted into colleges and universities in Arizona and beyond, including Northern Arizona University, Dixie State University, Eastern New Mexico University, and Colorado Christian University.
Giangelo (Gino) Santilli is the Valedictorian of AZVA and ISAZ will feature Florie Rush. Santilli plans to attend vocational school in the fall and get into real estate. Florie plans to continue working at DeCesari Equestrian in Tucson to prepare her for her future goal of becoming a veterinarian. The greeting is Katie Finn for AZVA and Alyssa Kleber for ISAZ. They will be attending the University of Northern Arizona and Estrella Community College, respectively. The keynote speaker will be Kimberly Yee, Arizona State Treasurer and the first Asian American to be elected to the Arizona Legislature.
“This year has been a whole new kind of struggle and we couldn’t all have gotten through it without the continued support of our teachers at AZVA & ISAZ,” Santilli said. “I will be forever grateful that they helped me take my education to the next level.”
Before the pandemic, students enrolled in virtual school for a number of reasons – some were looking to escape bullying, some might have been academically mistaken, and others were looking for an alternative to the traditional classroom.
AZVA and ISAZ students have access to a robust online curriculum in core subjects and a plethora of electives and attend live virtual classes taught by state-certified teachers.
The details of the graduation ceremonies are as follows:
WHAT: Arizona Virtual Academy 2021 Graduation Ceremony
WHEN: Wednesday May 26, 2021, 6:00 p.m. Information can be found here.
WHAT: Insight Academy of Arizona 2021 Graduation Ceremony
WHEN: Thursday, May 27, 2021, 4:00 p.m. Information can be found here.
CONTACT: For any questions regarding the celebrations, please contact Adrienne Meeker at [email protected] for AZVA and Erica Young at [email protected] for ISAZ. For media inquiries, please contact Ken Schwartz at [email protected]
About the Arizona Virtual Academy
The Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA) is an AdvancED accredited, full-time online public charter school that serves Arizona students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. As part of the Arizona public school system, AZVA is free and offers families the choice of accessing the curriculum and tools provided by K12, a Stride Company (NYSE: LRN). Stride offers learners of all ages a more effective way to learn and develop skills for their future. For more information, visit azva.k12.com.
About Insight Academy of Arizona
Insight Academy of Arizona (ISAZ) is an AdvancED-accredited, full-time online public school that serves Arizona students in Grades 7-12. As part of the Arizona public school system, ISAZ is free and offers families the choice of accessing the curriculum and tools provided by K12, a Stride Company (NYSE: LRN). Stride offers learners of all ages a more effective way to learn and develop skills for their future. For more information on ISAZ, visit az.insightschools.net.
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Source: Stride, Inc.