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May 07, 2018

TRECA student accepted into highly competitive Zoo School

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After maintaining a 4.0 GPA and exceptional attendance, TRECA Digital Academy student Caylee Bennett was accepted into the highly competitive Columbus Zoo & Aquarium School! Caylee had to complete a readiness exam, submit several academic references, and attend an involved orientation held on-site at the zoo in order to be considered for this opportunity.

This fall, she will be one of twenty-six students spending nearly three hours of her school day studying and researching the animals at the zoo. Based on her performance in Zoo School I and acceptance for her junior year of high school, Caylee is automatically eligible to return to Zoo School II for her senior year. Caylee is excited about all of the opportunities she will be a part of. After randomly being assigned an animal, Caylee will spend her days researching the animal in its environment. Her senior year, she will spend her day alongside a zookeeper observing the animals up close. Some of her days will be spent in an academic library located under the Polar Frontier exhibit.

We cannot express how proud we are of Caylee on her exciting journey to a career in Zoology!

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April 09, 2018

TRECA student accepted to US Naval Academy

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Andrew Panik, a 12th grader at TRECA Digital Academy, continues to reach for the stars! In this case, it’s a life dedicated to the prestigious stars and stripes of the United States Military

After years of hard work, he has recently been accepted into The United States Naval Academy. His lifelong goal of becoming a military officer begins this fall in Annapolis, MD. Coming from a family with a rich military history, this is an exciting time for Andrew. He has always wanted to follow in the footsteps of his late uncle, LT. Jonas Martin Panik. Andrew’s whole life revolves around this dream– so much so that his dog is even named Lieutenant! And while acceptance into the US Naval Academy may have been his first choice, he was also honored with various other military nominations, including the United States Military Academy and the United States Air Force Academy. What an accomplishment!

In addition to his rigorous course schedule and time spent applying to multiple academies and universities, Andrew also runs track and field for his local school district. He’s actively involved in his community and attends council meetings to give back to the town that has given him so much. He stated that the flexibility of TRECA has allowed him to balance these many commitments and take advantage of opportunities that wouldn’t have been possible elsewhere. We are so proud of you, Andrew, and we’re excited to hear about your experiences in the years to come!

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April 09, 2018

TRECA student attends iPOP!

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Aidan Rogers, 7th grader at TRECA Digital Academy, attended the International Presentation of Performers (iPOP!), in Las Vegas this January. iPOP! is the largest single event where hundreds of acting scouts, agents, coaches, and managers are looking for talent! Aspiring performers from over 30 countries come together to train with industry experts and audition in front of professionals.

Aidan’s journey to iPOP! began this last fall when he auditioned and was selected to participate in an acting and modeling workshop in Columbus. After the workshop, Aidan was personally selected to attend iPOP! by well-known director and acting coach, Julian Georgeo.

At the event, Aidan trained with the best of the best! He spent five days fine-tuning his skills in acting, monologue, improv, and runway, and he received coaching from celebrities such as DeVaughn Nixon and Daniel Samonas. At the end of the week, Aidan performed in front of agents, managers, and casting directors.

Aidan, who has always been very shy, said he gained a ton of confidence from his experience. He has secretly held a dream of acting, and since attending iPOP! he has signed with a California talent agency and is currently doing auditions for Disney!

Congrats Aidan!

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April 04, 2018

TRECA student inducted into honor society

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On March 5th, 2018, Jonathan Radecki was inducted into the Sentinel Chapter of the National Honor Society (NTHS) in Tiffin, OH. Jonathan has been attending TRECA since fall 2015. He is now a senior studying Public Safety at the Sentinel Career and Technology Center while taking his remaining core classes with TRECA Digital Academy. During Jonathan’s time at TRECA, he has continued to be an outstanding example of a student determined to find his path and pursue his goals.

In order to be considered eligible for the NTHS, Jonathan had to reach and maintain a number of standards. The NTHS requires that a candidate must be a student who “exhibits qualities of an honest, responsible student-citizen who has made a personal commitment to excellence and who agrees to uphold the NTHS Standards of Conduct.” Jonathan also met and exceeded the GPA requirements with a 3.7 out of 4.0. Along with a solid academic record, Jonathan’s exceptional character shines through all that he does. He is motivated, self-driven, and hard working. The NTHS is part of a lifelong commitment, and member schools agree that NTHS encourages higher scholastic achievement, cultivates a desire for personal excellence, and helps top students find success. Jonathan is already planning to put that to the test! After he graduates this spring, Jonathan has plans to enlist in the United States Air Force.

Congratulations Jonathan!

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January 26, 2018

TRECA student is taking big steps and reaching goals!

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Andrew Panik, twelfth grader at TRECA Digital Academy, continues to reach for the stars! In this case, a life dedicated to the prestigious stars and stripes of the United States Military.

After years of hard work, he is finally steps away from his goal of being accepted into the United States Naval Academy– and ultimately reaching his goal of becoming an officer of the United States Marine Corps. Coming from a military background, this has been a life-long goal of Andrew's. Even his dog is named Lieutenant! And while receiving acceptance into the US Naval Academy may be his ultimate goal, he has been honored with various military nominations. With additional nominations to the United States Military Academy of West Point and the United States Air Force Academy, he is a man with a plan! Or three!

It would be an understatement to say it's "challenging" to enter the US Naval Academy. Candidates must receive a nomination from sources such as congressmen, senators, or the Vice President. Recently, Andrew received two letters of nominations. One was from Ohio 4th District Congressman Jim Jordan, and one was from United States Senator Sherrod Brown. But Andrew's hard work can't stop there!

The US Naval Academy only accepts 9% of candidates, so many other components will play into their final decision. Andrew has stated that his academics and community involvement will be a major contributor! He has shared that this was all made possible by the flexibility offered by online schooling. "TRECA and its staff have been a tremendous help in getting me this far." said Andrew.
 
We are proud and honored to support him through this process! We have the highest hopes that Andrew will be accepted. Good luck, Andrew!

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