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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News/LCA) - Louisiana Connections Academy, the state’s first virtual school, is fairly small, with only 1200 students enrolled in its K-12 totally online campus. But as 93 seniors make their way across the stage this Friday at 1 p.m. at Baton Rouge’s Independence Park Theater, they will be celebrating more than $1.3 million in scholarship offers to graduates.

Max Daigh, manager of School Performance for the Louisiana Department of Education, will be the ceremony’s guest speaker. Awards and presentations of scholarships will also be handed out.

The graduating seniors from all across the state at this charter school racked up awards from Baylor, Howard University, St. John’s and Cornell, as well as in-state scholarships from Loyola, Southeastern, Louisiana Tech and the University of Louisiana-Monroe.

The “star” recipient among the graduates was senior Mariah McGowan who received more than $380,000 in scholarship offers as an outstanding science graduate. Ms. McGowan lives in Gretna.

“We are very proud of our graduates. Any student can attend Louisiana Connections Academy, a free virtual K-12 charter school,” said High School Assistant Principal Shuanessy Matthews. The school is still accepting applications for enrollment for the 2014-15 school year and will be conducting online information sessions for prospective parents and students throughout the summer. Parents can visit for more information.

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