Bryan County residents among online school graduates in 2024


BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – Oklahoma Connections Academy, a tuition-free, online public school serving students across Oklahoma in grades K-12, celebrated the graduation of 108 students on Saturday. Students gathered at the Tee-Pee Drive-In Theatre in Creek County to celebrate in person with their peers, school administrators, teachers and family members.

Education presented by First United Bank.

The graduating Class of 2024 at Oklahoma Connections Academy represents a diverse group of students hailing from various cities and towns across Oklahoma, such as Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Bartlesville, and more. Notably, 47 percent of the graduating class have plans to enroll in two- or four-year colleges or universities, while 12 percent intend to enter the workforce, and 2 percent are embarking on military service.

The commencement ceremony was held for the graduates on May 18. Among those celebrated were Makala Cox, Madison Quinn and Naysa Perez – all from Bryan County.

Another of the graduates is 16-year-old Mulan Snyder, this year’s valedictorian, and resident of Calumet.

“I truly appreciate what Oklahoma Connections Academy has done for me throughout my more than 10 years of attendance,” Snyder said. “I have had a rigorous academic schedule but being a part of Oklahoma Connections Academy has allowed me to graduate with both my high school diploma and associate degree at age 16.

“In the fall, I will be attending the University of Oklahoma for my bachelor’s degree as an incoming junior. Additionally, with the opportunities of a flexible schedule, I was able to become a page for the Oklahoma House of Representatives, which was a great honor for myself and my family. The teachers at Oklahoma Connections Academy have helped me to become more confident in my learning capabilities, even helping me with strategies that applied to what I was learning in a college classroom.”

“We’re thrilled to commemorate the accomplishments of the Class of 2024 and their unwavering commitment to learning,” said Melissa Gregory, school leader at Oklahoma Connections Academy. “Guiding this graduating class has been an immense privilege, and we’ll be enthusiastically rooting for them as they set forth into the next exciting chapter of their lives.”

Oklahoma Connections Academy currently serves more than 1,300 students in grades K-12 throughout the state. Students are supported by Oklahoma-certified online teachers who encourage academic and personal growth through an interactive curriculum that can be tailored to fit each student’s individual academic needs. As online learning experts, Oklahoma Connections Academy teachers know how to help students succeed in the virtual learning environment and equip them with the tools to build the confidence they need to thrive beyond the virtual classroom.

Oklahoma Connections Academy offers students a dynamic educational experience, blending advanced coursework, extracurricular opportunities, and flexible scheduling to accommodate their unique learning journeys. At Oklahoma Connections Academy, students become integral members of a collaborative community, where peers and educators work together to create a nurturing environment conducive to focused learning and personal growth.

Enrollment for the 2024-2025 school year is now open for grades K-12. Families interested in Oklahoma Connections Academy are encouraged to attend an online information session to learn more, ask questions, and discover if virtual school is the right fit for their student. For more information or to begin the enrollment process, please visit or call 1-800-382-6010.-800-382-6010.

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