Iowa Connections Academy, Iowa’s first K-12 online public school, recently graduated its second senior class in West Des Moines. The online public school serving students in grades K-12 across Iowa, graduated 12 seniors on May 17 in West Des Moines, including Aimee Scritchfield, of Centerville. Family, friends, teachers and representatives from CAM Community School District celebrated the students’ successes with remarks from Iowa Connections Academy secondary math teacher Angela Sarvis and social studies teacher Aaron Bane. Teachers Lucinda Core, Paulette McCall and Amber Strickrod highlighted each senior, and graduate Scritchfield delivered an inspirational speech to her peers.
Scritchfield began attending the virtual school as a junior, as she sought to enhance her computer programming and design skills via Connections Academy’s elective coursework. During her time at the school, she also balanced a rigorous schedule of dance, gymnastics and martial arts, even teaching Tae Kwon Do. Next year, she plans to attend Indian Hills Community College under scholarship to pursue the computer programming and design field.
The school’s 2014 graduating seniors come from cities and towns across Iowa, including Norwalk, Ankeny, Remsen, Ames, Melbourne, Jesup, Villisca, Sumner, Des Moines and Centerville. Graduating seniors will go on to pursue higher education and careers in fields such as business, computer science, and education. College-bound students are headed to University of New Hampshire, Indian Hills Community College and Iowa Western Community College, among others.
“We are so proud of the class of 2014’s accomplishments, and confident they’ll enter the next stage of their lives with a sound educational foundation, well prepared to pursue academic and personal interests,” said James Brauer, principal at Iowa Connections Academy.