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Talal

Elementary School Student

Talal is an elementary school student and transferred to Great River Connections Academy in the spring of 2019 because he was experiencing bullying at his previous brick-and-mortar school. He also has a medical condition and is an advanced learner and has benefited from the flexibility of online school.

About Me

Talal is an elementary school student and transferred to Great River Connections Academy in the spring of 2019 because he was experiencing bullying at his previous brick-and-mortar school. He also has a medical condition and is an advanced learner and has benefited from the flexibility of online school.

My Online Elementary School Experience

I am no longer sad and depressed about going to school. I thrive with the independence Great River Connections Academy provides and the ability to work at my own pace. I like getting involved in some of the clubs Great River Connections Academy offers and enjoy participating in sports and other activities outside of school with my friends.

The transition to Great River Connections Academy has been seamless. We are thrilled this alternative education system exists and couldn’t be happier with the results.

Future Plans

My sights are set on competing in the 2024 Olympics and I enjoy sharing my progress with the track and field community. In fact, in a recent TikTok post, I recorded myself running 17 mph on a treadmill, and it went viral and received millions of views. The video was shown on ESPN SportsCenter and got the attention of Access Hollywood, for which I recently did an interview.

In my spare time, I enjoy singing, dancing, painting, drawing, and baking. I also hope to one day become a pediatrician, create a gallery to share my artwork with the world, and work in philanthropy to help others less fortunate.

I thrive with the independence Great River Connections Academy provides and the ability to work at my own pace.

— Talal

Talal sitting at his workspace for online school