Banks – More than 370 students from across the state, including one in Banks, three from Forest Grove and four from Hillsboro, are part of the 10th graduating class from Oregon Connections Academy, an online high school.
Ariel Myers from Banks, Ashley Coleman, Kamaiyah King and Katelyn Romero from Forest Grove, and Elizabeth Aeh, Maxwell Greenfield, Kaitlynn Hammerly and Faith Swearingin are part of the graduating class of 2018, joining the alumni base of the Oregon’s largest online school.
The Oregon Connections Academy class of 2018 also has received nearly $1 million in scholarship awards, and a majority (54 percent) of the graduates have plans to further their education by attending a two or four-year college.
Oregon Connections Academy Executive Director Allison Galvin said virtual schooling not only allows students the ability to study at home, the program allows each student to the flexibility to follow his or her passions while still receiving a rigorous education.
“Students can graduate with more than 50 college credits in 18 different honors courses with different electives that are not available through traditional schools,” Galvin said. “Thinking about students graduating from a rural community, I think about all of the educational opportunities they have with Oregon Connections Academy, and it doesn’t matter where they live — they can complete their education from anywhere on Oregon.”