In this student profile, we take a look at two sisters Raven and Avery Grant. Raven is a senior and Avery is in the 7th grade. They both chose to join BTVS in the fall of 2016 in search of a school that could fit their training schedule. In a questionnaire, they give us a glimpse into their lives. Up first, senior Raven Grant!
Q: You joined the Bangor Township Virtual School because you needed something that would fit your lifestyle. Could you describe why you chose to become an online learner?
A: I chose to become an online learner because I wanted more time to complete school without feeling rushed and I needed time to be able to heal so I could train for the upcoming gymnastics season.
Q: Tell us a little about your gymnastics life. What is it like? What events do you do? Are you on a team or have sponsors? What are you going to do in the future?
A: My gymnastics life is pretty crazy and it has been since day one. In girls gymnastics you do 4 events-vault, bars, beam , and floor- I do all of them. I am on a team at Bay Valley Academy. There are many different levels in gymnastics ranging from 1-10 and we are all teammates but I only compete with people who are in my level which is 9. I had a plan to continue gymnastics in college my whole life but after being injured for what feels like forever I have decided to retire after this season.
Q: What is it like traveling around during the school year training and competing? Where do you train? What is your schedule like? What do you do for fun? In which cities and states have you visited for gymnastics? Where do you want to go (train or compete) that you haven’t been to yet?
A: It has always been pretty difficult traveling during the school year with missing a lot of days, getting your school work ahead of time, and try not to miss out on important things. This year has been significantly easier than in the past because of online school. My schedule is I get up, do school, go to the gym from 2:30-8:30 everyday, and then come home. The only days I get off are Wednesday and Sunday and on Wednesday I coach little ones at the gym. For fun I like to hang out with friends, go out to eat, and catch up on sleep. Some states I have competed in include: Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Florida. Some cities have competed in include: Chicago, Orlando, Columbus, Indianapolis, Lansing, and many more. There isn't really a place I want to go to compete but I have always wanted to go to nationals which is the highest level of competition in gymnastics for level 9 and 10. You have to qualify in at your regional meet and only 7 people out of everyone in your age group (15-20 people) get to go. That is something I would like to do this year.
Q: Describe the most funny, interesting, scary, or crazy thing that has happened while on your adventures. Give us the: who, what, where, when, why, and how of the event.
A: Our adventures are pretty basic, we travel compete and then leave most of the time. One scary thing that happened to me was when I broke my elbow and had to be put in an ambulance during the competition. That was in Holland, MI and my mom and sister were there, I had to be taken to Grand rapids, MI for surgery and that's where my dad met us. Besides that I think the fun or crazy moments were during meets when I either won something or our team won something. Those are moments I will never forget.
Q: When you are training or competing, do you miss your friends or family? How do you keep in contact with them? What do you miss about a traditional school if anything?
A: I do miss my friends a lot when I train, more than my family. I always miss out on hockey games, football games, or even my friends soccer/basketball games. I do text them often and we have lunch together on occasion. I miss seeing my friends everyday at school in the hallways, pep rallys, and just the fun activities they did during school.
Q: What is some advice you would give to someone thinking about becoming an online learner? What would you say to convince them to do it? What do you like most about it?
A: Some advice I would would be to really consider the pros and cons especially if you are coming from a traditional school, make sure this is really what you want before you decide. To convince them I would say you get to be in your pajamas all day if your parents let you so that’s a plus, unless your parents make you get up at 6 am you get to sleep in, and its cool that you can do school work whenever. What I like most about is that I can do it whenever so if I’m busy on say Tuesday and am not able to do school I can do it on Saturday and Sunday to make up for it.
Raven has already accomplished so much while only a senior in high school. We look forward to her growing success in the future! We are all so proud of you Raven!