Wisconsin Connections Academy Students Honored
Posted on 05/16/2017
A Wisconsin Connections Academy (WCA) student, Maryam Khan, won the Americanism Essay Contest for the Appleton American Legion Post No. 38 for the 7th and 8th grade level. 

The topic was “How does learning about government and our America help you become a future guardian of the liberties of our country?”

She won $50.00 for taking first place in her division. At the end of the event, it was announced that Maryam’s essay was chosen by a group of state representatives to advance to the National level. 

This means a donation will be made in her name supporting the Children of Warrior National Presidents’ Scholarship Fund. This will be posted in September at www.ALAforVeterans. 

An Appleton North High School student, Hanna Graham, won the local 11-12th grade division.

Congrats Maryam and Hanna!


Wisconsin philanthropist and businessman Herb Kohl awarded Wisconsin Connections Academy (WCA) student Andrew Turner a $10,000 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2017 Initiative Scholarship during a recent luncheon. Scholarship recipients had been informed in March that they would receive a $5,000 scholarship, but in a surprise announcement, Herb Kohl revealed that he decided to double the scholarship amount from $5,000 to $10,000 per scholar. Andrew Turner is from New Richmond, Wis. and attends WCA, one of the state’s first full-time, tuition-free public charter schools for all Wisconsin K-12 students. 

WCA teachers were tasked with selecting a student that proved the morals of the scholarship. Criteria include demonstrating a high level of motivation, showing strong promise for achieving success in college and beyond, and overcoming significant personal obstacles and adversity.  The selection committee unanimously chose Turner for the award. 

“Andrew is a bright student who has shown academic and personal distinction from the moment he started school at WCA. We’ve seen him grow and mature in to a successful young adult, and we can’t wait to see what he accomplishes next as he plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-River Falls,” Michelle Mueller, principal of WCA, said. 

The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation has been recognizing educational excellence since 1990 by annually awarding scholarships to 200 graduating high school students throughout Wisconsin. Since it was established in 1990, the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation has awarded $11.7 million to Wisconsin students, teachers, principals and schools. 

To learn more about how WCA equips students like Turner for success, visit http://www.connectionsacademy.com/wisconsin-virtual-school/results.

Congrats Andrew!
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