Student Spotlight

#FVHSClassof2023: From Barrel Racing to Pre-Law with Lacie Brownlee

By on May 23rd, 2023

Florida Virtual High School (FVHS) Senior Lacie Brownlee’s love for animals started early in life because she grew up on a farm in the rural community of Indian River County. Feeding and taking care of her horses and cows took up a lot of time after school, so when Lacie’s mom took a remote job working from home before her freshman year of high school, she decided to research schools that would give the flexibility to learn at home on her own time and pace. As soon as Lacie saw the diverse list of courses and the diploma awarded upon completion of high school requirements, she jumped at the opportunity and never looked back.

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#FVHSClassof2023 Grad Brady Kondek Finds His Calling Through Florida Virtual School Clubs 

By on May 16th, 2023

In just a little over a week, Florida Virtual School (FLVS) graduate Brady Kondek will turn the tassel at the Florida Virtual High School in-person graduation. But, if you would’ve told him two years ago that he would be graduating from an online school, he may not have believed you! Read on to learn more about his goals after graduation and how FLVS gave him a new outlook on his future. 

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After a Spinal Cord Stroke, Florida Virtual School Student Draws Strength from Her Community and Family 

By on March 2nd, 2023

In April 2020, when Florida Virtual School (FLVS) student Kendall Tongate was only 12 years old, she felt a sharp pain in her back. As the pain increased, she asked her mom, Misty, to look at her back. What she found was a huge bruise, which was odd because Kendall hadn’t done any activities that day that would have caused it. Then, a few minutes later, her feet started to tingle. At that point, Misty decided it was time to go to the emergency room, and by the time they got there 20 minutes later, Kendall couldn’t stand. 

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Celebrate National Author’s Day with Florida Virtual School Student, Collin Getter

By on November 1st, 2022

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite activities is curling up with a book and getting lost in worlds of fantasy and adventure. Which is why I’m excited to write this post celebrating National Author’s Day. It’s a day to celebrate our love for reading and to honor the brilliant minds who create the books, and worlds, we love. One such brilliant mind is Florida Virtual School (FLVS) sixth grade student, Collin Getter. 

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On the Road to Success with Florida Virtual School

By on October 12th, 2022

Who remembers the game Red Light, Green Light? The adrenaline-pumping race to the finish line when we were younger. Once you get older, not stopping on red has far more consequences than getting kicked off the field until the next game.  

Last year, a driver didn’t press the brakes when the light turned red, and Florida Virtual School (FLVS) senior and teen driver Breanna was almost hit. Although no one was injured, the experience completely changed her perspective as a new driver. Now, in celebration of Teen Safe Driving Week, she’s sharing her story to encourage everyone to stay alert on the road. 

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#Classof2022 Graduate Finds Hope Through Connection

By on June 21st, 2022

When Florida Virtual School graduate Hope Vichi was only 11 years old, she was given a medical diagnosis that forever changed her life. Through her positive spirit, her relentless pursuit of advocating for her health, and the support of her family and friends (especially her mom who advocated for her every day), Hope overcame challenge after challenge.  

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Finding the Right Fit For Our Family with FLVS

By on May 31st, 2022

This post was written by Tina Morris, a FLVS Flex parent and hearing loss advocate. 

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, and it undoubtedly prompts me to reflect on our medical and educational journey with my son, Karsen. Speech therapy, sensory integration therapy, audiologists, oral motor specialists, doctors, and special schools were all a part of Karsen’s early childhood and education. Karsen eventually closed enough gaps to mainstream into our neighborhood elementary school and was finally finding his place among peers and discovering his passions in middle school. But then the pandemic hit, and everything changed.

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