Sarah Abdon is a 2016 graduate of Minnesota Connections Academy. She made sure to make the most of her high
school years by participating in a wide-range of activities and challenging herself with difficult courses. Sarah was
able to satisfy her passions thanks to the flexibility at Minnesota Connections Academy, and at the school’s in-person graduation ceremony, she
was was one of two seniors to speak to her class and faculty. Learn more about her story below.
While attending Minnesota Connections Academy, Sarah made an impression on her teachers. Her high school counselor Ms. Becker says, “Sarah
attended our online program as a junior and senior and had many successes. She's bright, energetic, compassionate, and
has a drive to be successful in all that she does. Sarah made an effort to take many Honors and AP courses—and her hard
work payed off with good grades. . She wanted to challenge herself as much as possible and get as much exposure to
college-level coursework prior to graduating high school. I am blown away by her passion for school and learning. Sarah
is an amazing student who stops at nothing if it leads her in the direction of her future goals. I can honestly say she
is one of the top students I have encountered in my nine years of counseling experience."
Sarah is especially interested in the health profession. She regularly volunteered as a biology teacher assistant during
school and also volunteered in various roles at three metro-area hospitals prior to her senior year. To learn even more
about the field, Sarah participated in multiple programs including Northwestern University's Civic Week: Community
Health and Medicine, where she spent spring break analyzing current public health trends and possible solutions to
I love Connections Academy because we can edit our schedule to do things when they come up and not be stuck in a school
where we can’t miss a day. This lets us move schoolwork around so we can do other fun things too.
In 2016, Sarah became one of 15 statewide winners of the NCWIT Aspirations for Women in Computing Award, an award that
ultimately helped her land a summer internship with an organization also committed to STEM. Additionally, Sarah was
awarded a paid summer internship by STEM Fuse, where she will work full-time with staff to help develop new and improved
Sarah was accepted into the University of Minnesota to study global studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
with a theme in human rights and justice within southern Asia. Committed to lifelong learning, her goal is to work in
the field of public health, hoping to build schools throughout developing nations.