Ninety Great River Connections Academy students recently received their high school diplomas as members of the statewide public online charter school’s Class of 2021 during a virtual commencement ceremony.

The Class of 2021 is Great River Connections Academy’s third graduating class since it first opened for the 2018-19 academic year. While more than one-third of the graduates indicate they plan to continue their education and attend a two or four-year college or university such as Kent State University, Ohio State University, Toledo University, the University of Cincinnati and Columbus State, others plan to join the military, pursue vocational training or enter the workforce to start their careers.

Four of this year’s graduates are National Honors Society members and one of the graduates received an Academic Honors Diploma from the State of Ohio in recognition of high-level coursework completion, college and career readiness tests and real-world experiences.

“The faculty and staff at Great River Connections Academy were proud to provide these students with a tailored academic approach that met their individual needs. We’ve found that when students learn in a way that works best for them, they thrive, and I'm confident these graduates have developed the skills they need to adapt in an ever-changing world,” said Great River Connections Academy school leader Jason Swinehart. “While we typically would bring our graduates and their families together for an in-person ceremony, we appreciate the opportunity to celebrate this milestone in their academic lives and wish the Class of 2021 much success in their future endeavors.”

The following students from Clark County are among Great River Connections Academy’s Class of 2021*:

  • Makayla Fuller, Springfield

During the virtual ceremony, the students heard from Class of 2021 Salutatorian Annabelle King, of West Chester, who shared a little about her experience attending the online school and her appreciation for the teachers who helped her along the way. Annabelle plans to attend the University of Cincinnati in the fall.

“Great River Connections Academy helped me reach my goals as a student through the supportive teachers and flexibility it provides,” she said. “Additionally, the school does a phenomenal job making sure their students are well prepped to take on life after high school.”

Angelina Lynn, a graduating senior from Salem, also addressed the Class of 2021 and spoke to the schedule flexibility that enabled her work and attend school. Angelina and her brothers have been attending Great River Connections Academy since the school first opened. She plans to attend Kent State University in the fall and major in biology. 

“Great River Connections Academy allowed me to have a flexible schedule, which helped me balance school, work and social activities,” Angelina said. “Transitioning to online school was easy, you’re not completely on your own as there’s plenty of teachers to help you as needed.”

Enrollment for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently open. Great River Connections Academy is hosting online information sessions for families interested in learning more about virtual education. For more information about Great River Connections Academy or to begin the enrollment process, please visit www.GreatRiverConnectionsAcademy.com or call (800) 382-6010.