Class Acts: Valedictorian Bound for London
Learning Liftoff’s Class Acts series profiles inspiring online education graduates. Their stories showcase how individualized, award-winning curriculum and technology combine to greatly influence student success and help propel the pursuit of post-graduate dreams.
Haley Justice has always been an academically driven student. When her family lived in Vietnam, the grading scale was one through seven versus the A–F scale used in the United States. She received a five in physical education and was devastated. Haley was determined to receive a seven, and she worked daily to improve her skills.
Her efforts triggered an interest in fitness, so she joined the basketball and volleyball teams. It wasn’t until her freshman year that she decided to focus on dancing.
Haley’s passion for fitness and dancing grew, and she was eventually accepted into New York’s Joffrey Ballet School her junior year. From the fundamentals of ballet and jazz to hip hop and contemporary, Haley performed them all.
Through K12 International Academy, Haley was able to excel in both her dancing and educational pursuits. She took the AP classes she wanted, and was more determined than ever to be successful in all of her courses. She achieved her goals, and this year she graduated first out of a class of 250 to be named iCademy’s 2015 valedictorian!
She’ll start in the fall as a freshman at Kingston University in London, England, where she’ll be studying dance, of course. She hopes to dance as long as she can and eventually become a manager or director one day.
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Brittany Marklin is a contributing writer for Learning Liftoff and a community manager for K12. She coordinates all K12 student contests and connects with families who pursue online education. She attended George Mason University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, with a minor in tourism and events management. Brittany spent her first five years at K12 on the social media team where she aided with content and strategy for multiple channels, and helped construct K12’s user-generated content site, “What’s Your Story?” When she’s not working, Brittany loves spending time with her husband and daughter in North Carolina.