Students graduate from online academy

Online public school Iowa Connections Academy celebrated its 97 graduating seniors during a virtual graduation ceremony May 16, the largest graduating class since the school opened in 2012.

Among the graduates were local residents:

• Zoe Fox of Fairfield

• Torrance Lisk of Fairfield

• Rachel Kamenoff of Mt. Pleasant

While graduates were unable to walk across the stage to receive their diploma as tradition holds, school administrators and teachers honored the graduates with proper pomp and circumstance during the virtual graduation ceremony. With the online graduation ceremony, family members, friends, teachers and administrators were still able to gather in the digital setting to commemorate this milestone and celebrate the many accomplishments of the Class of 2020. Fortunately, due to the school’s full-time virtual curriculum, seniors at Iowa Connections Academy were able to finish their semester and complete all courses despite the public health crisis.

The Class of 2020 is comprised of graduates residing in cities and towns across the state including Tipton, Dubuque, Des Moines and more. Among the graduating class, 57% plan to attend two- or four-year colleges or universities, 13% plan to enter the work force and 12% plan to attend vocational or technical school. Collectively, the graduating class earned more than $80,000 in scholarship funds.