Yelena Shchennikova is a high school student at Colorado Connections Academy (ColoCA). She was interested in a more flexible learning environment to balance gymnastics and school, so her family decided to enroll with ColoCA six years ago. Learn more about her story below:
“I am very passionate about gymnastics. It’s a big part of my life, so it’s challenging to schedule anything around my full gymnastics schedule. All my friends are involved in gymnastics. Half of my friends even live in different states! We stay close by using FaceTime and texting throughout the day. That’s why I was very excited about the flexible learning environment at ColoCA! It would allow me to practice up to seven hours a day, six days a week, and I wouldn’t have to miss any school days. I think my family made the right decision!
My favorite subject is English, because I love to write stories or just keep a journal about what’s happening in my life. At ColoCA, I know I can always rely on my teachers if I’m stuck on a lesson or if I start to fall behind on my homework because of an upcoming gymnastics competition. Getting individual attention when I need it has been a great relief while I pursue my dreams. It’s good to know that my teachers are always only a phone call away. Also, the program at ColoCA is NCAA approved, so I’ll be able to do college gymnastics.
After I graduate from ColoCA, I can’t wait to do college gymnastics. My future goal is to make the 2020 Olympic Games, which has been my dream since I started gymnastics.”
I love Colorado Connections Academy because I can get a good education while I pursue my dreams!