Wyoming Connections Academy celebrates graduating seniors

Posted 7/14/20

Wyoming Connections Academy, a tuition-free online public school serving students statewide in grades K-12, recently celebrated 51 graduating seniors.

Local graduates from Powell include Cheyanne …

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Wyoming Connections Academy celebrates graduating seniors

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Wyoming Connections Academy, a tuition-free online public school serving students statewide in grades K-12, recently celebrated 51 graduating seniors.

Local graduates from Powell include Cheyanne Higgs and Brilee Keeler.

While graduates were unable to walk across the stage to receive their diploma as tradition holds, school administrators and teachers honored the graduates with proper pomp and circumstance during a virtual graduation ceremony last month.

The Class of 2020 spans the state, with graduates from Cody, Laramie, Cheyenne and elsewhere. The 52% of graduates who plan to attend two- or four-year colleges or universities are headed to schools such as the University of Wyoming, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Northwest University and more.

Among the graduating class, 18% plan to enter the workforce and 8% plan to attend vocational or technical school.

“Our 2020 graduating class is incredibly inspiring and talented,” said Shannon Siebert, principal at Wyoming Connections Academy. “It has been a joy watching them grow into the accomplished young adults they are today. We couldn’t be prouder.”

With the online graduation ceremony, family members, friends, teachers and administrators were still able to gather in the digital setting to commemorate this milestone and celebrate the many accomplishments of the Class of 2020. Due to the school’s full-time virtual curriculum, seniors at Wyoming Connections Academy were able to maintain their education consistently and without interruption during the public health crisis.

Standout graduate Cheyanne Higgs made the decision to enroll in Wyoming Connections Academy after her family moved to Powell. Higgs’s teachers made a significant impact on her over the years thanks to the learning online school helps facilitate, like one-on-one support and personalized instruction, she said. As a result, she is headed to Northwest University to pursue a degree in elementary education to become a kindergarten teacher.

“Wyoming Connections Academy understood my challenges with learning and used different techniques to help me succeed,” said Higgs. “Anytime I needed extra help, my teachers were always there to offer one-on-one support to ensure I understood the material and was setup for success.”

Wyoming Connections Academy currently serves approximately 439 students. For more information, visit www.WyomingConnectionsAcademy.com.

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