PA Cyber class representatives speak at graduations
Jun 21, 2017
Two graduating PA Cyber students were selected by their classmates to speak at commencement ceremonies for the class of 2017.
Gwendolyn Murray, daughter of Dr. Patrick and Linda Murray, was chosen as class representative to speak to fellow graduates attending the western graduation ceremony at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
Murray of Tunkhannock, Pa. attended PA Cyber for three years. She plays the piano and has been involved in horseback riding for seven years. As a student, she enjoyed taking part in extracurricular activities that included varsity swimming for four years and theater production. Over the course of four years, Murray participated in seven dance productions.
Murray is a volunteer at Stage Door Dance Studio in her hometown and serves on the fundraising committee for Dietrich Theater, a theater that shows current and independent films as well as playing host to workshops and classes. She is also a Sunday school teacher at the United Methodist Church in Tunkhannock.
Murray will attend Saint Vincent College in the fall to major in psychology and sociology, with future plans to become a research psychologist.
Rachel Lazzaro, daughter of James and Stacy Lazzaro, spoke as class representative during the eastern graduation at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.
Lazzaro of Zionsville, Pa. attended PA Cyber for four years and is a member of the PA Cyber chapter of the National Honor Society.
She was an impact peer tutor for two years and a member of student council for three years, serving as communications officer as a junior and council president as a senior. Lazzaro was also a member of the Book of the Month Club, does ballet and participated in marching band with her local school district.
Lazzaro said she feels that attending PA Cyber was a great experience. She particularly appreciated the opportunity to take dual enrollment courses and said she enjoyed the flexibility of her classes.
“I was able to participate in marching band in my local school district, which was really great because my classes would end and I could just go and do band. I also was able to do a bunch of dual enrollment courses, which is incredibly great because I’m able to transfer a lot of credits my freshman year of college next year.”
“The flexibility of the school as a whole just provided a lot of different opportunities that I don’t think I would have gotten if I had gone somewhere else,” she said.
Lazzaro of Zionsville, Pa. plans to attend Temple University in the fall to study public health.
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Serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) is one of the largest, most experienced, and most successful online public schools in the nation. PA Cyber's online learning environments, personalized instructional methods, and choices of curricula connect Pennsylvania students and their families with state-certified and highly-qualified teachers, and rich academic content that is aligned to state standards. Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is headquartered in Midland (Beaver County) and maintains a network of support offices throughout the state. As a public school, PA Cyber is open for enrollment by any school-age child residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and does not charge tuition to students or families.