Harlie Peterson is a middle school student at Nevada Connections Academy (NCA). As a competitive baton twirler, Harlie loves how NCA allows her to pursue her passions while keeping up with her studies. She shares her story below:
“What most interested me about Connections Academy was that I would be able to get a good education. I like that the teachers are there to help, and [I also enjoy] the ease of being able to work from anywhere. I also like the fact that I could work at my own pace and at a time that worked into my busy schedule.
The thing that works best for me is that I can do my schoolwork at any time of the day and from anywhere I have a Wi-Fi connection. I also feel like I have a good relationship with all my teachers. They are an awesome group that provides me with a great education!
My favorite subjects are math and science. I like math because it is fun to work with numbers, and I like the challenge of the math problems. I am also very interested in science because I enjoy learning new things and doing experiments.
What I am most passionate about is baton twirling. I have twirled a baton all my life, and I am a competitive twirler in individual, pairs, and team events. I get to travel across the United States, Canada, and Europe for competitions. To remain on top in my sport, I need to train several hours a day. I travel to California once a month for lessons with my coach Kellie and also to train with the competitive team, Revolution. I also travel to Ohio every other month to train with my coach Dale. Connections Academy has allowed me to do my schoolwork while on the road and away from home.”
Connections Academy has allowed me to do my schoolwork while on the road and away from home.