At Vision Charter Academy, three learners were recently recognized for how they use their personal voice, make good choices and pursue achievement as they become leaders of their learning.
VOICE Learner of the Month: Dystanee Perez is a ninth grader at VCA, the daughter of Brenda Salazar. Dystanee is described by her highly qualified coordinator, Michella Atchley, as "quietly an extraordinary example of how learners are excelling at VCA when given a voice in their education." Dystanee has used her voice to share she is passionate about dance and cosmetology and pursues both as part of her learning. She has also taken three science courses as part of her high school schedule this year -- earth science, astronomy and forensic science, because of voicing her interest in science. Dystanee knows that in life there are challenges, and she said she would use her voice to encourage others by telling them that, "But without the dark we'd never see the stars."
CHOICE Learner of the Month: Lucas Chapman is a sixth grader at VCA, the son of Joe and Angie Chapman. Lucas makes choices to pursue many hands-on learning opportunities and maintain positive relationships with others. He likes to play both Minecraft and the piano. Lucas enjoys designing origami, creating with Legos and making people laugh. He has taken first place in a piano contest and won an outstanding student award. In his pursuit of active learning, Lucas has also won three karate trophies. Lucas enjoys science, robotics and archery. He wants to be an inventor, and his backup plan is to be a contractor because he likes to build new things. He said he tries to live by making the choice to "try my best at everything, be kind, and serve God."
ACHIEVE Learner of the Month: Landon Brubaker is a fifth grader at VCA, the son of Alex and Hillary Brubaker. Landon has high aptitude in math and science and is a confident reader who enjoys lengthy chapter books. He is eager to learn and do his best. Landon pursues many interests including collecting old coins, spoons, books and stamps. He really enjoys working with and learning about animals, playing the piano and creating fantasy soccer teams. Landon's goal this year was to rank in the top 1,000 fantasy teams, and he made it into the top 700 out of 25,000 teams. He also enjoys playing soccer in real life. After graduation, Landon would love to go to Penn or Stanford like his dad. He might become an author, soccer player, pianist, overseas business investor, scientist or a politician. At least these are a few of his interests as a fifth grader! Landon's advice to achieve includes, "Readers are leaders," and "Things done by halves are never done right!"