PA Virtual class of 2012 graduate Holly Workman recently earned her Master’s of Music degree in Violin Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Now, Holly is gearing up to spend a year abroad– she was awarded a full scholarship to play violin at the Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie in Frankfurt, Germany. This is a 12-month program beginning in October. We recently caught up with Holly to learn more about her journey as a violinist, from her very first lessons to her time at PA Virtual and beyond.
Micaela Hoadley is a 2016 graduate of PA Virtual. Since graduation, she has been attending Bloomsburg University with a major in anthropology and a minor in biology. We recently caught up with Micaela and learned a little bit about what she has been up to since graduating high school, how PA Virtual prepared her for college, and what advice she has for this year’s graduating seniors.
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Kyra Smith-Cullen graduated from PA Virtual in 2011. During her time at PA Virtual, she was involved in various organizations including helping set up the school’s first yearbook as well as helping to organize the school’s first prom. After graduation, Kyra attended Lock Haven University where she received her BA in journalism. We recently caught up with Kyra and learned a little more about what she has been up to since PA Virtual and what advice she has for current students.
For the first time in PA Virtual’s history, we have hired one of our alumni as a teacher! Former student Sigrid Gulbis was hired this past summer as a High School Math Academic Support Teacher. Ms. Gulbis entered the first grade during PA Virtual’s second year in business and graduated four years ago. This past May, Gulbis graduated Summa Cum Laude from DeSales University with a bachelor’s of science in math. “It’s interesting to see many teachers who instructed me are still at the school and now are my coworkers,” Gulbis said.
Photo Source: Twitter/ @MNWild Less than two weeks after graduating high school, Class of 2017 graduate, Ivan Lodnia has been drafted by the Minnesota Wild! The 2017 NHL draft was held at the United Center, home of the Chicago Blackhawks. Ivan and his family spent last weekend in the Windy City. Going into the draft, Ivan was ranked 37th among North American skaters and it was anticipated he would go sometime in the second or third round. Ivan spent the last two seasons playing right wing for 2017 OHL Champions, the Erie Otters. The Otters were the number one overall seed going into the 2017 playoffs, and defeated the Sarnia Sting, London Knights, Owen Sound Attack and Mississauga Steelheads to claim the J. Ross Robertson Cup. Ivan enrolled in PA Virtual during his junior year, but has been cyber schooled since 8th grade. The flexible schedule allowed Ivan to balance school and classes, between the Otters practices, road games, and a hectic playoff schedule.