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Rylee Baca

Rylee Baca

Rylee Baca is a high school student at Colorado Connections Academy (ColoCA). A rising artist, Rylee appreciates ColoCA for providing her with more scheduling flexibility to pursue her passion. She also enjoys learning from the comfort of her own home. Rylee’s mom, Heather, shares more about her story below.

"Rylee enrolled with ColoCA in the third grade and has been with the school for five years now. She previously attended a bricks-and-mortar school, but found the environment to be stressful and nerve- racking. Rylee is now less stressed and happier. She enjoys the challenging curriculum and supportive, fun teachers who she can call with any questions.

Because of the flexibility at ColoCA, Rylee has been able to do a lot of things most seventh graders may not be able to do, including competing in the Mapleton School District’s art competition that takes place every spring and placing first place in her age group. She has loved art ever since she was little—she did her first mural at age 10. Rylee does art around the community and has been recognized by many local artists such as Carole Bourdo, Cynthia Ploski, and Trish Keck who have invited her to do posters and murals for festivals and advertisements. She also does chalk art around town and was even featured in the paper for her Cheshire cat outside of Bella Luna Pizzeria. Rylee is a member of the Connections Academy art club, which is one of her favorite parts about the school!

During her free time, Rylee does a lot of community service for animals with a local animal shelter, Noah’s Ark. She is also a member of our church’s youth group and is involved in 4-H.

In the future, Rylee sees herself helping animals in some way by possibly becoming a vet or working at an animal sanctuary environment."

I love how organized and flexible ColoCA is.
— Rylee