It’s Oscar weekend!
The 2013 Oscars begin this Sunday, February 24, at 7:00 p.m. Eastern, 4:00 p.m. Pacific. Actors, actresses, directors, costume designers, and more are up for awards for making films such as Lincoln, Life of Pi, and Les Misérables.
Among the nominees is Quvenzhané Wallis, who played the leading role of Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild. At the age of nine, she has become the youngest actress ever to receive a Best Actress nomination.
Quvenzhané’s situation is certainly extraordinary. Today’s young actors experience the excitement of auditioning, performing, traveling, and building their careers early in life. But their busy lifestyles usually don’t fit the steady routines of going to school.
A great solution to balancing school with a demanding acting career is to attend a virtual school. Because most learning is done on a computer, students in virtual schools can study at home or even away from home. Some of these aspiring Oscar nominees attend Connections Academy. Take a look at our list of students below to find out how they balance school and acting.
Riley is a 12-year-old sixth grader at Capistrano Connections Academy (CapoCA). Originally from Oregon, Riley now lives in North Hollywood with his parents and grandparents. He has acted on Disney shows such as Zeke and Luther and even had an appearance on Modern Family. During the week, Riley juggles schoolwork with auditions and spends his free time writing, swimming, and riding his bike....