Online virtual school is an education alternative that is working quite well for one Edmond sophomore.
Alexandra Ashworth and her family including father and mother, Fred and Vonda, and two brothers moved to Edmond in June and Alexandra enrolled at North High School. Between classes, homework and practicing her passion, ballet, 15 hours a week, she didn’t seem to have enough time to fit in all of her other interests and activities.
“I began checking out other choices, and I came up with the virtual school through Oklahoma Connections Academy out of Bartlesville and decided this was an option I was interested in trying,” Alexandra said.
OKCA is a tuition-free online public school serving students throughout Oklahoma in grades K-12. OKCA gives the students the flexibility to learn at home with a curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. Each student is able to maximize his or her potential and meet the highest performance standards through a uniquely individualized program.
“This has been a great option for Alexandra,” said her mother, Vonda Ashworth, “because it allows her to have more flexibility in her schedule.”
By her own admission, this insomniac studies best in the still of the night, goes to bed when everyone else is getting up, sleeps until noon and than begins practicing ballet for about five hours each day.
“I have a learning coach who along with my other teachers seems to be up all hours of the night so when I have a question I can go online and email or chat on Facebook and get the answers I need,” Alexandra said.
By the end of May, Alexandra will have finished all of her course work for graduation, but she plans on enrolling in AP courses for the next two years. With plans to major in Pre-Medicine/Emergency Medicine and Ballet, Alexandra said she knows she will have a hectic schedule but it is one she is already accustomed to doing.
Alexandra said dancers don’t make much money, but with a double major she plans on teaching ballet in the afternoons, working in the hospital emergency room all night and sleeping in the mornings.
“It is a schedule much like I am doing now,” Alexandra said. “I have a passion for dance and anatomy and physiology, and my goal is to be the best dancer I can possibly be so I can teach other dancers and to be the best doctor I can be.”
Alexandra said within both careers she will be able to help others.
“Besides,” Alexandra said, “ I need an adrenaline rush while I am doing something I love.”
“I am very disciplined,” Alexandra said, “and virtual school is all about me being able to push myself and study at my own speed. I can go ahead or hold back as I teach myself. I am an audio learner and I am able to get videos, tutorials and have recorded notes. All of the education is not online, but our textbook is online also.”
When Alexandra finishes her course work and takes all of the AP courses through the online virtual school she is interested in taking, she will take the End of Instruction test just like seniors graduating from public schools and will receive a State of Oklahoma diploma.
“What I love as a parent is the open curriculum provides opportunities to expand Alexandra’s learning,” her mother said. “Not only does she do problems but the online classes give her the opportunity to expand her creativity, and the live lessons let her have the opportunity to talk with other students.”
Alexandra said there are a bountiful number of clubs and organizations to belong to and contests to enter.
Her plans include attending Friends University, a nondenominational school founded by Quakers. Friends is one of three universities in the nation offering ballet and pre-med as a major.
“I plan on testing out of a number of college classes when I test for my AP courses,” Alexandra said. Always thinking ahead, Alexandra said it is important for her to help her parents as much as she can financially and this is one way she can do it.
Alexandra said she learns a lot from watching other ballet performers. She first started dancing at 14 years of age but has come a long way since then.
“I take every opportunity I can to observe and enjoy other dancers, and I saw the Russian National Ballet when they came to Oklahoma.”
She also plays classical guitars and takes lessons at A.R.T.S. on Second Street and Coltrane.
A.R.T.S. stands for Arts Revealing the Son, and it is a Christian music school. Her twin brother Cole and her brother Ryan also take music classes there under the direction of Katha Bardel.
“Alexandra is very driven and she knows her weaknesses,” her mother said. “She is open to adult correction and she has the internal drive to keep moving forward.”
Online virtual learning allows flexibility in schedule
Online virtual school is an education alternative that is working quite well for one Edmond sophomore.
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North High School sophomore baseball player Tyler Bowen helps Ida Freeman kindergartners Dakota Prince and Jorge Campuzano pick out a book. Each student received a book, a Christmas cookie and juice and then the baseball team members read to the students.
Rollover crash closes part of north Edmond street
A section of a street in northwest Edmond was closed Thursday afternoon while personnel worked the site of a rollover crash.
The crash occurred along a partly snow-covered stretch of Sorghum Mill Road just west of the Santa Fe-Sorghum Mill intersection. Police, EMSA and fire rescue personnel were working the scene. Both lanes of Sorghum Mill were closed at the time.
Information on injuries or the cause were not immediately available.
Feds indict 3 accused in tag agency thefts
Suspects accused of burglarizing several metro tag agencies including one in Edmond now face federal charges, court records show.
Wednesday, the U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma, released the complaint filed against William Robert Donovan, 40, of Edmond, Richard Bruce Traver, 27, listed as homeless, and Amanda D. Sizemore. Her address information was not available.
Donovan and Traver, who are both in custody at the Oklahoma County jail, and Sizemore, who is not yet in custody, face government allegations of conspiracy to commit offenses against the U.S., aiding and abetting bank fraud and aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft.
If convicted, each defendant faces significant prison time, fines or both.
Defense counsel information was not listed. An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
In the complaint, grand jurors allege that earlier this year, beginning in or before March and continuing through at least June the defendants conspired to commit bank fraud in violation of federal law.
OC will award degrees at winter commencement
Oklahoma Christian University will present 87 undergraduate degrees and 85 graduate degrees at its winter commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday.
The undergraduate degree candidates come from 16 states and seven countries and majored in a combined 36 academic disciplines at Oklahoma Christian. The master’s degree candidates come from six states and 10 countries, and represent 14 graduate areas of study.
Jim Baird, director of OC’s Honors Program, will deliver the undergraduate commencement address on Friday. Byron Newberry, chair of Oklahoma Christian’s Graduate School of Engineering, will keynote Saturday’s graduate ceremony.
In addition to his director’s role with the Honors Program, Baird is a professor of Bible and philosophy at Oklahoma Christian. He also has served as the preaching minister at Wilshire Church of Christ since 2000. His father, James O. Baird, was Oklahoma Christian’s second president.
Touchmark residents give ‘thumbs up’ to new YMCA
Senior citizens from Touchmark bundled up, braved the cold and the icy roads this week and traveled to the Edmond YMCA Recreation & Aquatic Center at Mitch Park on Covell.
The tour group was one of more than 100 that have been guided through the new facility to show what will be available when it is finished. This $22.5 million facility is a joint project with the the Edmond School District, the City of Edmond and the YMCA.
Joining the group and donning hard hats were Touchmark residents Ellie Lottinville, Judith Harris, Jimmie Cook, John Wayant and Richard Newville along with Carla Scull, Touchmark’s director of life enrichment, and Jesse Walls, driver.
Guthrie-Edmond airport looks to upgrade
The Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport board was told Tuesday by officials from the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission that GERA is in good shape but work needs to continue to help maximize everything the airport has to offer.
The board was given a presentation by OAC director Vic Bird and Dale Williams, OAC planning division manager about the state of the aviation industry in Oklahoma and how airports the size of GERA are faring.
AAA: Teens report ‘TWD’ significantly less than adults
High school-aged teens report using their phones or texting while driving substantially less often than adults do, according to new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
While the public often cites teens as being the most common offenders, a recent survey found that adult drivers ages 25-39 were the most likely to admit engaging in these risky behaviors behind the wheel.
Peter Kissinger, president and CEO of AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety, said young novice drivers, who are especially susceptible to distracted driving crashes, are using their phones while driving less than older drivers.
AAA to offer free Tipsy Tow rides
Before climbing behind the wheel after drinking at a holiday party, AAA Oklahoma hopes you’ll think again and call them for a free Tipsy Tow ride home for you, your vehicle and one more person.
“Over Christmas and New Year’s, up to 40 percent of all traffic crashes involve alcohol,” said Edmond resident Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “But motorists do have options: Use a designated driver, serve non-alcoholic mocktails at parties or call AAA for a Tipsy Tow.”
Paycom plans HoliDazzle event to benefit Warmth 4 Winter Coat Drive
Paycom has teamed with News Channel 4, The Salvation Army and Rotary Club of South Oklahoma City to host HoliDazzle, a free event at Remington Park on Thursday to kick-off the annual Warmth 4 Winter coat drive.
Parents and children are encouraged to bring a new or gently used coat from 3:30-7:30 p.m. to help ensure that every child and adult stays warm during Oklahoma’s harsh winter months. Those who contribute are encouraged to enjoy an afternoon of holiday fun with train rides, pictures with Santa, hot cocoa and cookies.
Lilyfield reschedules ‘Dunks for Diapers’
Lilyfield Christian Adoption and Foster Care has rescheduled its Dunks for Diapers event.
Lilyfield holds a diaper drive with the Oklahoma Christian University Women’s basketball team to benefit foster children. Anyone bringing diapers, wipes or new baby items for ages 0-24 months will gain free admission to the women’s game versus Lubbock Christian University, which will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Eagles’ Nest on the campus of Oklahoma Christian in Edmond.
“This will allow us to give foster families much-needed necessities when they receive placement of a foster child. Often placements happen with little notice and the child may come into a foster home with nothing but the clothes they are wearing,” said Holly Towers, executive director of Lilyfield Christian Adoption and Foster Care.
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