Maine Connections Academy, the state’s first online public charter school for grades 7-12, celebrated its ninth graduation on June 2 with an in-person ceremony for nearly 100 students.
Students, faculty and family members gathered at Merrill Auditorium in Portland to commemorate the milestone achievement. A total of 93 students received diplomas. The Class of 2023 featured graduates from as far south as Eliot to as far north as Fort Fairfield.
Aroostook County graduates are Haley Blood of Fort Fairfield, Areil Copley of Presque Isle, Grace Langley of Littleton, and Matthew Sharpe of Monticello.
Nearly half of the graduates have committed to two- or four-year colleges. Many plan to pursue higher education here in Maine, with commitments to the University of Maine, Bates College and Colby College, among other institutions. Other graduates plan to join the workforce, receive vocational training, serve in the military or take a gap year.