Colorado Virtual Academy Congratulates Class of 2011

Jun 07, 2011, 11:00 ET from Colorado Virtual Academy

Virtual students plan to attend top colleges and universities across the country

BOULDER, Colo., June 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Friday, June 3, the Colorado Virtual Academy honored students as the graduating class of 2011.

The traditional graduation ceremony took place at 10 a.m. MT at the Macky Auditorium at the University of Colorado Boulder.  Attendees heard from Dr. Kathryn Knox, COVA's Director of School Improvement as she delivered this year's keynote address.  Dr. Knox, who has over 26 years experience in diverse areas of education, including university, online, and public charter schools, has been with COVA for eight years, serving in myriad positions such as Assistant Head of School, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and K-8 Principal.

The ceremony also featured the Valedictorian speech by Sean Cooney of Aurora.  Upon graduation, Sean plans to attend the University of Colorado Boulder and study Astronomy.

"Graduation from high school is always an exciting time for our students, their families and our staff. I couldn't be more proud of our students," said Heidi Heineke-Magri, head of school at COVA.  "The ceremonies are a celebration not only of our students' accomplishments, but of the dedication and support provided by their families and their teachers."

Some of the schools chosen by this year's graduating class include:

University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Baylor University, Clemson University, Brigham Young University, Wake Forest University, and Arizona State University.

COVA is a tuition-free, statewide public virtual school program. At COVA, students are able to receive a complete, high quality education at home, on the road, or wherever an Internet connection can be found.  

Students who enroll in COVA receive the award-winning academic program developed by K12 Inc., the nation's largest provider of K-12 online school programs.  The K12 curriculum includes engaging web-based lessons along with instructional materials – books, videos, CDs, and other hands-on tools and resources – which are shipped directly to each student's home.  COVA employs state-certified teachers who provide instruction, guidance and support, and regularly interact with students and parents via email, web-based classrooms, online discussions, phone, and face-to-face meetings.  Teachers also organize numerous field trips and school activities.

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SOURCE Colorado Virtual Academy