Idaho Virtual Academy, a statewide online public charter school, celebrated the Class of 2018 – the school’s 10th graduating class – with three in-person graduation ceremonies across the state this week which included three local students.
Mariella Schauster, Aaron “Cord” Myler and Loretta Rodman were three Teton County students who graduated from the online school program and celebrated their graduation on Monday evening in Idaho Falls.
Myler is IDVA’s salutatorian. He will take the next two years to embark on a Church of Latter-day Saints mission trip to Guatemala City. Upon his return, he will utilize a $56K Legacy Scholarship to Utah State University where he will study engineering.
Collectively, IDVA’s 183 graduates have been offered more than $604,000 in college scholarships, with more than 60 percent of the class planning to attend college. Students report that they have been accepted to colleges and universities across the country, including Boise State University, Idaho State University, University of Idaho, University of Utah, The Julliard School and College of Western Idaho, among others. In addition, six students intend to enlist in the military.
“Graduation is a wonderful time to celebrate our students’ hard work and many accomplishments,” said IDVA head of school Kelly Edginton in a news release. “The Class of 2018 is an especially impressive group and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.”
IDVA provides students statewide in kindergarten through 12th grade with a learning environment that works for them. The range of classes, extracurricular activities and supportive community give students of all abilities and backgrounds the chance to thrive.