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I've only known Cavan for a short period of time, but I've quickly learned he is the true definition of a renaissance man. Cavan excels in many fields. In addition to his course load at Harris County High School, he is currently taking three social studies courses through GaVS, two of them being Advanced Placement courses. He is top 10% in his class and does not shy away from rigorous courses. Cavan has completed a mind-numbing 11 Advanced Placement courses, collected several awards of distinction along the way including being a finalist for the Governor's Honors Program, a Georgia Certificate of Merit, and AP Scholar with Distinction. I teach Cavan in a general education course. While some students who have a heavy academic workload may be tempted to ease up on some of their lighter responsibilities, Cavan does not. He takes full advantage of every learning opportunity and submits top-notch examples expressing his learning on each assignment.
Cavan correctly views all of life as a learning opportunity. He is an avid runner, serving as a team captain for both his cross country and track and field teams, running on both varsity teams for all four years of high school, picking up a 4th and 5th place state finish along the way. He plays the French Horn in several local musical groups, including the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus (principal horn since his sophomore year), Concert Band (first chair horn since his sophomore year), the Harris County Horn Quartet, and the Lagrange Community Band. Cavan has completed over 200 hours of community service/volunteer work throughout his high school career. If you're like me, you might wonder where he finds it, but in his free time, Cavan can be found enjoying nature hiking at the local state park, wake boarding on the Chattahoochee, or gardening in his yard. He is truly a renaissance man. I count myself fortunate to be in his circle of influence. His future could not be brighter.
Sishnukeshav is a senior at Lambert High School. As a STEM enthusiast, he is passionate to explore and research Biomedical and Computer Science disciplines. Georgia Virtual School has enabled him to explore Microeconomics and US Government in addition to his regular school activities.
For the past two years, he has participated with iGEM, a Synthetic Biology Organization associated with expanding the frontiers of molecular/cellular biology through engineering and research. He was involved in two projects AGROSense: Sustainability through food systems, and CADlock, where the group investigated miRNA biomarkers for the detection of Coronary Artery Disease, the number one cause of death in the United States. This fall his team earned the Grand Prize Award at the 2022 Jamboree.
Sishnukeshav has been involved in several other activities, including being a Governor's Honors Program Attendee last summer in Mathematics. He is Co-Senior Captain in Varsity QuizBowl, Co-President of Math Team and Mu Alpha Theta, Event Captain in Science Olympiad, and an active participant in HOSA and FBLA and placed in State, National and International levels.
Isha is an amazing student. She is a 11th grader in my AP US History class and her work is impeccable. She is a courteous, driven student who is prompt in submitting her impeccable work. Not only that, but she recently presented research at an international conference in Brazil! Her face-to-face school is Fulton Science Academy Private School and she is taking AP US History through GaVS to allow her flexibility with school and gymnastics. Isha is a Level 10 National level gymnast and has 20 hours of practice a week. She is very strong in science and math and aspires to be a nephrologist or a pathologist to follow in family members' footsteps.
Frederick is a regular student at Georgia Virtual School, as he has taken 17 courses with us since 8th grade. Fred has chosen online learning "so I can have more time to practice golf", he says. He is excelling on the greens and with his courses, maintaining a solid A-average in every single course. I knew he would be a pleasure to teach, and he is, when I made the welcome phone call. He and his dad were excited about the Financial Literacy course and being able to make it to golf practice on time, due to the flexibility of online learning. It is wonderful to teach such a dedicated student, who makes school a priority, along with his love for hitting long drives and making birdies! With his help, his golf team at North Oconee High School has won back-to-back state championships. Hats-off to our 11th grader, Frederick, and let's cheer him on to a future of pro-golfing!
Ella is a 9th grade student from Cobb County taking two courses at Georgia Virtual School this semester. She was recently called to the US National Soccer Team in California. Even through all of her excitement and preparation for this important trip, Ella was able to work ahead to complete much of her course work that is due while she is away. Her self-discipline, focus, and responsibility make her an excellent candidate for online learning, and those same traits absolutely contribute to her success as an athlete as well.
Kylie is currently a 12th grader at Creekview High School. She is a high achieving student who has been working hard to achieve her goals ranging from graduating at the top of her class to one day becoming an oncologist. To help her accomplish these goals, Georgia Virtual School has helped her take many online classes during the summer and school year. Most of all, though, Georgia Virtual School has given Kylie the ability to learn Chinese and connect to her heritage. Kylie was adopted from Chongqing, China, and when her school did not offer Chinese, she decided to make her own path and take it virtually.
Beyond GaVS, Kylie is first oboe in Symphony within Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra. She has been playing oboe since 2016. In addition, Kylie was chosen for the honor of being on State Superintendent Richard Woods’ 2020-2021 Student Advisory Council and was selected to attend the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program for biology as a rising 11th grader. She also participated in the Character.org Leadership Academy where 20 high school students came together to create a positive social media campaign. Moreover, she is Vice President of Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society and is also a member of National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and National Beta Club. In her own community, she is an active volunteer at Antioch Christian Church, the founder of a college clinics group at R.T. Jones Memorial Library, and a private SAT tutor. She always strives for excellence, whether it be with Georgia Virtual School, within her local school, or within her community.
Jamie has taken several AP-level courses with GaVS and has excelled in all of the courses he has taken with us. He actively participates in live learning sessions, and while he struggles a bit with verbal communication due to a stutter, he very effectively communicates with his teachers through written communication. As he becomes more comfortable in his current online class, he is working up the courage to communicate verbally. Outside of school, Jamie travels around the country racing bicycles, all the while maintaining his grades and enthusiasm.
Jamie is a straight A student at school. He was chosen as a school peer leader and participates in Sources of Strength, an anti-suicide and mental health initiative. He is an active member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Young Politicians Club, and does volunteer work, mostly focusing on Georgia Cycling League, helping get more kids on bikes. He also plays the classical guitar. In the fall he will be starting the International Baccalaureate program.
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