Maine Connections Academy, the state’s first virtual public charter school for students in grades 7-12, graduated its second class of seniors on June 9. The school is based in South Portland.

Melinda White of Gorham, one of two top students, delivered remarks, describing  her hopes for the future. During the graduation ceremony she was also presented with a prestigious Mitchell Scholarship.

White credited Maine Connection Academy’s flexible schedule for her success in juggling two major internships, securing a job, and receiving scholarships to study marketing at Thomas College in the fall.

Thirty-eight students make up the graudating class, a significant increase from the six students who comprised the first graduating class in 2015.

Video remarks were also prepared by U.S. Sen. Angus King, in which he emphasized the importance of lifelong learning. Following the video, Bob Crowley, of “Survivor” fame, a former teacher at Gorham High School, took the stage to deliver the keynote address, where he discussed the necessity of giving back to one’s community and representing Maine in a positive way.

“We are incredibly proud of all of our graduates,” said Karl Francis, principal of the Maine Connections Academy, “They have shown curiosity, determination and an incredible level of self-motivation. Our students are trailblazers. Virtual schools are still relatively new to Maine, but this online environment has allowed them to thrive. I am really looking forward to seeing all of the amazing things these kids will do with their futures.”

Maine Connections Academy offers an award-winning accredited curriculum. Students work closely with certified teachers using detailed daily lesson plans that can be personalized to meet individual student needs.

For more information, see www.connectionsacademy.com.

Kate Irish Collins

Thirty-eight seniors from the Maine Connections Academy, the state’s first virtual school, graduated last week.

Melinda White of Gorham is a top student with the Maine Connection Academy’s second class of graduates. She will attend Thomas College in the fall.


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