Chino Valley's Sarah Negovan Valedictorian of Arizona Virtual Academy

26 May 2016   Katharine Brenton
Sarah Negovan may play with goats in her spare time, but this Valedictorian represents the entire state.

Chino Valley, AZ - Sarah Negovan of Chino Valley may seem like a typical valedictorian. She’s got top grades and a resume packed with Advanced Placement classes. She’s a peer tutor, a representative of student government and a National Honor Society member.

Though Sarah’s high-achieving track record may seem typical for a valedictorian – her high school is anything but.

Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA) is an accredited, full-time online public school that serves Arizona students in grades K through 12. Sarah has attended AZVA since her family moved to Chino Valley from Los Angeles when Sarah was in eighth grade.

Sarah has always been shy, often more comfortable around her family’s many animals than she was around her classmates. But contrary to reinforcing her timid tendencies, online school has helped Sarah become more proactive and outgoing when it comes to interacting and collaborating with her peers. As a member of student government, Sarah was responsible for planning student social events to ensure online students and teachers have opportunities to connect and get to know each other.

"AZVA has taken my Internet 'connection' and transformed it into new educational experiences, self-discovery, and secure bonds with teachers and students - all of which I believe will truly last a lifetime," says Sarah.

Sarah gave the valedictorian address at the AZVA graduation on Tuesday, May 24, at 6 p.m. in front of 120 AZVA graduates and their families. The graduation ceremony took place at the Glendale Civic Center in Glendale.

Sarah will attend Northern Arizona University in the fall on a full academic scholarship. She plans to major in environmental science.



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