FLVS Celebrates Graduates in Top 5 of Class
Florida Virtual School is proud to recognize Erick Baltodano and Marina Fernandes for finishing in the top five of the FLVS Full Time Class of 2020. There are a projected 800 students in this year’s FLVS Full Time graduating class.
Meet Erick Baltodano
Erick completed his entire Kindergarten-12 education online with FLVS Full Time and will continue his education by attending Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN.
“FLVS has prepared me in my educational journey with flexible hours that allowed me to educate myself not only academically but in other areas of life,” says Erick. “The time allowed me to participate in the Naples Sonseekers Pathfinder Club earning Master Teen Leader, become a Florida-Conference All-Star Drummer, serve as Squad Leader for the Naples Police & Fire Youth Academy, and volunteer with the American Red Cross-Naples.”
Erick plans to major in Biology-Biomedical, Pre-Med, and Business Administration. He says, “My career goal is to become an anesthesiologist. I plan to be a world-traveler, volunteer with Doctors without Borders, and continue with Pathfinders as a Master Guide.”
He chose FLVS Full Time for his education as FLVS “was an obvious choice for me and family because of the high-quality curriculum and the opportunities for advanced learning with dual enrollment.”
Meet Marina Fernandes
Marina has been enrolled with FLVS Full Time since sixth grade and will continue her education by attending the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.
“FLVS has helped me have stability throughout my school career. Despite moving across the state to areas without strong schools that did not provide access to rigorous courses, my education has stayed consistent and engaging,” says Marina.
“If not for FLVS Full Time, I would never have been able to take dual enrollment courses at University of Florida, nor would I have been able to accumulate so much college credit. Because of the flexible nature of FLVS, I have also been able to receive a great education while also trying to run a small business, as well as engage in volunteering for my community.”
She plans to major in Computer Engineering. She says, “I plan to one day work in research in order to create more efficient electronics for both consumer and professional markets.”
She chose FLVS Full Time “due to my background in homeschooling; it let me keep the flexibility I enjoyed from my previous program, while also providing me with a richer educational experience – one with a significantly larger support group of teachers and other students.”
“We are so proud of the FLVS Full Time Class of 2020 and our top five GPA students. Congratulations to Erick, Marina, and their classmates. Their amazing accomplishments are an example of how students can excel in online education,” says Robin Winder, Senior Director for Instruction at FLVS. “As our graduates move forward with their next chapter, we hope the foundation they have built at FLVS will lead them to continue their success, whether it be in academics or the workforce.”
This year’s graduation ceremony will take place online with a YouTube premiere honoring the incredible achievements of FLVS Full Time students at flvs.net/classof2020 on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 4 p.m. Students can check out the FLVS Full Time Graduation page for exclusive content and Class of 2020 downloads.
For more information on FLVS Full Time, please visit flvs.net/fulltime.
View the full ceremony recognizing our graduates at https://flvs.net/classof2020.