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Peters Township native is no easy rider

February 10, 2017 12:00 AM

By Joe Bendel / Tri-State Sports & News Service

As he perched his motorcycle along a trail in Howard, Colo., Andrew Putt made the mistake of looking to his right.

What the teen from Peters Township saw was harrowing. A cliff, 40 feet above ground, was a foot from him.

“It was a long way down,” Putt said, with necessary emphasis. “I was mortified. I rode it cleanly, but it was hard not to think about that huge drop.”

Such is life for a professional MotoTrials rider of Putt’s pedigree.

A senior at George Washington University Online High School, Putt is ranked No. 3 nationally, despite being at least five years younger than anyone in the top 10.

No. 1 Marc Freixa of Spain is 37 and No. 2 Patrick Smage of Elkhorn, Wis., is 26.

“The guys like to pick on me because of my age, but it’s all in fun,” said Putt, 17, who was schooled in the Peters Township district until the eighth grade.

In MotoTrials, competitors ride specialized, seat-less cycles while navigating seemingly impossible 12-section courses. The terrain includes everything from boulders to slopes to logs to streambeds. The goal is to avoid crashing, stalling or touching the ground with one’s foot during the five- to eight-hour competitions.

Judges determine how well a rider navigates each section. A score of zero represents an error-free ride. As in golf, the lowest score wins. A champion is crowned at the end of the season, which runs from April to September.

This story was first published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the full article can be read HERE

 

Sam Faulkner is a George Washington University Online High School (GWUOHS) senior who caught the “acting bug” at a young age and was recently in NBC’s television broadcast of Hairspray Live!

He acted alongside a star-studded cast including Harvey Fierstein, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande.

“I was itching to get on stage at a very young age, but I started specifically pursuing musical theatre at age nine,” Sam said. “By the time I was 10, I had signed with my agent in New York and began to pursue professional opportunities.”

“If it weren’t for online school, I would have had to choose whether I wanted to sacrifice my passion for performing or my studies,” Sam said. “Online school gives me the flexibility I need to be able to wholeheartedly pursue my artistic aspirations while still being challenged academically.”

He has starred in over 25 regional productions in Charlotte, North Carolina. Some of these productions include his roles as “Billy” in Billy Elliot the musical, “Ralphie” in A Christmas Story the musical, and most recently as “IQ” in Hairspray Live!

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Benjamin Esposito, a graduate of the George Washington University Online High School (GWUOHS), was accepted to college—and not just one.  As his parents recently shared with us, Benjamin was accepted at nine colleges.  And, they reported, because of his high academic achievement, these colleges granted him a total of $426,000 in scholarships and awards.

GWUOHS student Sarah Hesterman at UN Youth Assembly in February 

2016 George Washington University Online High School (GWUOHS) graduate Sarah Hesterman is eager to make an impact. She will attend her second United Nations’ Youth Assembly this week at the UN Headquarters in New York. 

Girl Up 

As a child of two military parents, Sarah is used to moving around. In 2013, Sarah and her family moved to Qatar. There, Sarah attended school and traveled to different countries including Jordan, Tanzania, and India during her breaks.

“I met girls my age that were in such terrible situations,” Sarah said. “No matter where you are, you can see girls being marginalized and ostracized.”
This story was first featured in K12's BloggEd HERE.

Sarah speaks to Ms. Magazine:   It's Time For Girl-Powered Solutions To Inequality

You can read about Sarah's interview with Girl Talk HQ Here!

 

 

When I first learned about Acro Gymnast and K12 Student Sophia Handel, I looked her up online and watched some of her performance videos. I’m not sure my jaw has ever dropped that low. The athleticism, strength, and endurance exhibited by this student athlete is truly remarkable.

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What further astounded me, though, is what I learned about her dedication and commitment during my interview with her. Sophia is a student at The George Washington University Online High School (GWUOHS), a premier online college preparatory school for students in grades 6–12. She had been attending a traditional brick-and-mortar private school, but as her training and competition demands became more intrusive to her schedule, she was finding it difficult to balance the hour drive to her gym, the hours of practice, and the hour drive back, which left her beginning her homework at 10 PM.

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Online college preparatory academy students garner over $2.6 million dollars in scholarships --

ASHBURN, Va., June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The George Washington University Online High School (GWUOHS) will recognize the Class of 2016 on Saturday, June 25, in the Marvin Center Grand Ballroom at the GWU Foggy Bottom Campus. This year, 28 students will receive their high school diploma from the online preparatory school, which serves students in grades 6-12.

GWUOHS is an online college preparatory academy for motivated students who are willing to be challenged to become the best students and persons they can be. Students receive a flexible, individualized education attuned to their own needs and goals with small class sizes and intensive college counseling. GWUOHS provides courses in language arts/English, math, science, history, world languages, art and music, as well as elective and Advanced Placement® courses, and the innovative Journeys Symposium, a seven year sequence of courses that promotes self-awareness, leadership, service, and personal success.

The GWUOHS Class of 2016 earned a combined total of more than $2.6 million in college scholarships, far eclipsing the 2015 total of a million dollars. Graduates are expected to pursue higher education at institutions including Johns Hopkins University, Virginia Tech, the University of California, George Washington University and the American University of Paris, among others.

The commencement speaker for the ceremony on Saturday will be Dr. Michael Feuer, former executive director of the Division of Behavioral Social Sciences and Education, Presidential appointee to the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Science and author of numerous works including the forthcoming book "The Rising Price of Objectivity: Philanthropy, Government, and the Future of Education Research".

"To instruct is to deliver material within the confines of a time period," said Staci Kimmons, Head of School at The George Washington University Online High School. "To teach is to impart a message with depth, inspiring a lifetime of learning. We are dedicated to teaching our students and the class of 2016 exemplifies what a dedicated teaching staff and a motivated student can accomplish."

GWUOHS counselors work with each student to develop his or her own Individualized Academic Plan (IAP), with personalized learning strategies that take full advantage of the range of course offerings and reflect assessments of skills, aptitude, and future goals. Upon matriculation The George Washington University (GW) provides GWUOHS students with unique benefits, including a dedicated admissions director to assist GWUOHS students with the university admissions process.

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