Douglas Shore is a middle school student at Ohio Connections Academy (OCA). A quick learner, Douglas appreciates that he can take advanced courses at OCA and work at a pace that suits him. Learn more about his story below.
Douglas previously attended a bricks-and-mortar school, but he and his family decided to switch to OCA for a more challenging curriculum. Because of the flexible scheduling that OCA offers, his mother, Tammy, is able to take him on many different educational adventures across northeast Ohio. Tammy has been battling cancer over the last couple of years, so she is glad that can learn with Douglas from home.
Douglas’ favorite place to go is the Cleveland zoo. During a recent OCA field trip to the zoo, he led a number of his peers and teachers on a tour. Douglas would like to become a “Zoo Crew” member in the near future.
Outside of school, Douglas keeps busy with 4-H. He completed a veterinary project that received an award at the Ohio State Fair, was invited to take part in a week long camp at the OSU Extension, and has become involved in the Youth Advocacy Leadership Coalition. In addition to his work with 4-H, Douglas has also been recognized as a Prudential Spirit of Community Award winner for his efforts to aid the disadvantaged in his community. He is a Great Science Academy and Student Naturalist member, and was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.
Douglas hopes to one day pursue a doctorate at Duke University and eventually become a zoo director
Ohio Connections Academy has allowed me to expand my learning by taking high school classes, as well as to work ahead in science because my career goals are animal- science based. Connections Academy also enables me to have the free time I need to participate in programs like Great Science Academy, 4-H, and Youth Advocacy and Leadership. Not only do I get to work on becoming the best student that I can be, but I can also help in my community at the same time.