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Abby Lewis

ORCA student Abby on her farm

Abby Lewis is a graduate of Oregon Connections Academy (ORCA). Abby is grateful for ORCA’s flexible scheduling because it allowed her to participate in many gratifying extracurricular activities. Learn more about her story below.

Abby was able to take advanced courses in her favorite subjects, English and U.S. history. As vice president of the ORCA chapter of the National Honor Society, she was also involved in the group's peer mentor program.

Abby was also very involved in her local 4-H club. During the holiday season, she helped coordinate volunteers at the Christmas in Dairyville event in Southwest Portland, and tended to the animals on display when the dairy transforms their replica western frontier town into a winter wonderland. Abby said, " Volunteering at Christmas in Dairyville really helps put you in the Christmas spirit, and it is so much fun to see the visitors’ faces when they walk through Dairyville. So many of the parents came there as children, and it is really neat to watch them experience it with their own children."

During her senior year, she was able take some prerequisite courses at Portland Community College and enroll at Western Oregon University in Monmouth to major in elementary education with a minor in dance. She says her dream career would be teaching elementary school students in rural Oregon.

Abby’s mother, Nancy, says, “I know that Abby would not have had time to excel at all these wonderful activities if she was being taught in a more traditional way. She would have tried, but none of them would be quite as rewarding."

 

I know that Abby would not have had time to excel at all these wonderful activities if she was being taught in a more traditional way.
— Abby's mom