California Virtual Academy Student Shoots for the Stars on American Idol

Mar 18, 2011, 15:29 ET from California Virtual Academies

16 year-old Thia Megia hopes to make her dreams of becoming a star a reality on national TV

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., March 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California Virtual Academies (CAVA) is proud to watch one of its own students vie for the title of "American Idol."  Sixteen year old Sophomore Thia Megia has made it as a top 11 finalist in the popular singing competition, earning praise from the panel of celebrity judges, and even a vocal comparison to the late Michael Jackson.  

"Our school is behind Thia all the way and cheering her on as she goes after her dream," said Katrina Abston, CAVA Head of School.  "It's been fun to watch many of her schoolmates reach out to Thia to wish her well and share their own stories and experiences as a student in CAVA."

"CAVA has thousands of amazing students, many of whom are aspiring actors, athletes, musicians, or pursuing other areas of interest," said Abston.  "All of our students have their own unique story and reason for choosing our school and we're proud to serve each one of them."

CAVA is the state's largest network of online public charter schools with over 12,000 students.  The school offers students across the state the ability to learn at their own pace wherever they reside. With more flexibility than traditional schools, CAVA students are able to develop a personalized schedule and learning plan, enabling them to receive a high quality education while pursuing their interests and goals. Students access innovative online lessons and work with skilled teachers who provide instruction and support through interactive technology.  

CAVA uses the award-winning, nationally-acclaimed academic program developed by K12 Inc., America's largest provider of proprietary curriculum and online school programs for students in kindergarten through high school. In partnership with charter schools and school districts, K12 operates online public schools in 27 states and the District of Columbia.

CAVA has set up a fan page where CAVA families and teachers across the state are showing their support for Thia:  

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