Florida Virtual School Student & Tennis Star Heads to UCLA

Picking up a tennis racket at six years old to follow in her father’s footsteps, Ahmani G. has played for more than 12 years to become one of the best Junior tennis players in the world. She recently announced she’ll continue her tennis career at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) after she graduates from Florida Virtual School (FLVS) this spring.

As she transitions from Firebird to Bruin, Ahmani appreciates how FLVS gave her the flexibility she needed to climb the ranks to #1 in the nation for players 16 and younger plus 18 and younger and compete in week-long tournaments both nationally and internationally.  

With the recent recognition of National Student-Athlete Day, Ahmani stands out as a fantastic representative for online learning. Choosing FLVS so she could achieve her athletic and academic goals, she excelled by creating her own schedule and pace. 

Before attending FLVS, Ahmani went straight from school to tennis practice for three to four hours a night. But with FLVS, she plays tennis in the morning when it is cooler, has a break for lunch and school, and then continues her tennis practice, allowing her #MoreTimeFor tennis.

Supportive Teachers

She also credits her Florida Virtual School teachers for her success through their support and encouragement of her studies and tennis career. Her tennis career can be unpredictable with tournaments in time zones circling the globe. But she says, “My teachers have been helpful and lenient working around my schedule for Discussion-Based Assessments (DBAs), live lessons, and other online support.”

Tennis Career

Playing in three Grand Slam tournaments and ranking as high as 59th in the world, Ahmani received Blue Chip status from TennisRecuiting.net as one of the top 25 players in the Class of 2023. 

Ahmani’s soon-to-be new head coach, Stella Sampras Webster, says, “Ahmani is an incredible competitor whose rankings and results speak for themselves, while the consistent, positive attitude she displays makes her an ideal teammate. We can’t wait to have Ahmani on campus.”

We are proud of all our student-athletes that choose Florida Virtual School to achieve their dreams – both academically and athletically.

Do you know another remarkable student-athlete? Join our #MoreTimeFor Contest and show us what Florida Virtual School gives your child more time for. Just share a photo or video on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #MoreTimeFor. The contest will end Friday, April 21st and the first-place winner will receive a $75 Amazon gift card! For more information see the full contest rules at flvs.net/contest.

Katie HodginsKatie Hodgins brings her wealth of experience and passion to the FLVS team, assuming the role of Content and Public Relations Specialist. A military veteran and lifelong learner, Katie enjoys communicating unique and innovative stories about people, places, and opportunities to inspire and engage the next generation. Having traveled throughout the world, she is excited to plant roots here in Florida and with Florida Virtual School.

3 comments on “Florida Virtual School Student & Tennis Star Heads to UCLA

  1. elizabeth young

    My 15 year old is also a keen tennis athlete, reading your story inspired her to aim for the stars. Thank you


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