Wisconsin Virtual Academy and Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin Celebrate Graduates with In-Person Commencement Ceremony


MCFARLAND, Wisc.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA), and Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin (WIDCA), two online public-schools serving K-12 students throughout the state, will celebrate the Class of 2019 at an in-person commencement ceremony on Wednesday, June 12th. The ceremony will take place at 6 pm at McFarland High School, outside of Madison.

Many assume that attending online public schools like WIVA and WIDCA means that students miss out on the ‘real’ high school experiences, but this in-person graduation proves quite the opposite.

This year, WIVA and WIDCA will graduate almost 207 students, over 7% more than 2018, with more than 50 students graduating with honors.

Collectively, the class reports having been offered over $410,000 in scholarships and being accepted to colleges and universities across the country, including: Marquette, St. Augustine, UW Whitewater, UW Stevens Point, and Southern Illinois University.

“WIVA and WIDCA’s Class of 2019 has shown the determination in their education that will serve them well in college and beyond,” said Wisconsin State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), Education Committee chair, and keynote speaker for the graduation ceremony. “Like most kids, they have struggled, and they have succeeded, but it is these life lessons that will set them up for success as they begin the next chapter of their lives.”

Valedictorian’s will be Caleb Beck for WIVA and Savannah Klimpke for WIDCA. Salutatorian’s are Erin Hutchens, Anna Perryman, James Rausch for WIVA and Savana Strean for WIDCA. All students, as well as Nicholas Sutherland, Head of School, will be available for media interviews.

Students enroll in virtual school for a number of reasons, including those looking to escape bullying, some who may have fallen academically off track, or those looking for an alternative to the traditional brick-and-mortar classroom setting. WIVA and WIDCA students access a robust online curriculum in the core subjects and a host of electives and attend live virtual classes taught by state-licensed teachers.

Details of the graduation ceremony are as follows:

WHAT: Wisconsin Virtual Academy & Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin 2019 Graduation Ceremony
WHEN: Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 6:00 PM CDT
WHERE: McFarland High School, 5103 Farwell Street, McFarland, WI 53558

About Wisconsin Virtual Academy

Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA), a charter school authorized by the McFarland School District, is the largest full-time online public school serving students in grades K through 12 in the state. As part of the Wisconsin public school system, WIVA is tuition-free, and gives parents and families the choice to access the curriculum and tools provided by K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), the nation’s leading provider of K-12 proprietary curriculum and online education programs. For more information about WIVA, visit http://wiva.k12.com/.

About Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin

Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin, a charter school authorized by the McFarland School District, is the first-ever career and technical education-focused online high school in Wisconsin using the curriculum and academic programs by K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN). It is also the first online career readiness program in Wisconsin to offer a construction pre-apprenticeship program in partnership with industry leaders. As part of the Wisconsin public school system, Destinations Career Academy is tuition-free and serves students statewide in grades 9-12. For more information about Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin, visit widca.k12.com.


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