Students from Huron County included Aubrey Reed of Willard and Melanie Harmon of Wakeman. Those two might not be all of the OCA graduates from this area; some of the 300 asked not to be listed.
As many as 220 of the graduating seniors travelled to Columbus from more than 60 Ohio counties to participate in the online charter school’s traditional commencement ceremony in Battelle Hall at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
“While our school offers a non-traditional approach to education, we take a great deal of pride in offering our graduates a traditional commencement ceremony so they may celebrate with their families, friends and teachers,” OCA Superintendent Marie Hanna said. “Every year the faculty and staff at Ohio Connections Academy like to celebrate the hard work, determination and focus that each of these students demonstrated to reach this academic milestone. We appreciate the opportunity that we had to work with all of them individually and we are confident that each student is ready to tackle whatever challenges lie ahead.”
The Class of 2018 is the 10th graduating class for the state’s leading provider of tuition-free virtual education for students in grades K-12. Of this year’s OCA graduates, more than half indicated they plan to attend a two- or four-year college/university. Twenty of the graduates were members of the National Honor Society while more than 100 graduated with honors (3.5 GPA or better). Overall the Class of 2018 has received more than $1.7 million in college scholarships and awards.