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Drew Lovejoy

Irish dancer drew lovejoy standing on top pedestal

Drew Lovejoy is an Ohio Connections Academy graduate (OCA). He lives in Greenville, Ohio. Drew, a three-time world champion Irish dancer, has been dancing since he was six years old. In 2010, Drew became the first person of color to win the World Championships for Irish Dancing, and he has reigned supreme since.

Drew and his family chose a virtual school because they needed flexibility to accommodate Drew’s training schedule, as well as all the traveling they do. His mother Andree said, “We looked into other options and found the virtual school with Connections Academy. He can school on weekends and evenings. He’s a straight-A student.”

Drew, a member of the McGing Irish Dancers out of Cincinnati, began dancing after accompanying a friend to a competition. With the tremendous support of his parents, he has been able to pursue his dream and travel all over the world to compete. The hornpipe is Drew’s favorite dance, and he loves the speed of the reel.

Drew plans to dance professionally for three to five years, and then attend college before heading to medical school. He wants to be a pediatrician. He has had that dream since he was about five or six years old, when he started playing with the doctor’s kit his mother had when she was a child.

"Connections Academy is the best school! I was able to pursue my dreams of being a World Champion dancer while still getting an excellent education. My teachers were amazing and always helped me with my studies. They worked around my training schedule and my travel overseas to competitions. I loved that I could be part of a school and still chase my dreams. Without eSchooling, and particularly Connections Academy, that wouldn't have been possible."

— Drew