15-year-old Madison Heights high school graduates despite pandemic challenges

MADISON HEIGHTS, Michigan. – At just 15, a teenage girl from Madison Heights graduated from high school on Monday.

Like all the other students, Alysa Vasseur began virtual learning during her second year at Lycée Lamphere. In just a few short weeks, it became clear that it wasn’t working for her.

“I kept falling asleep during my zoom lessons, and they just weren’t going fast enough for me,” Alysa said.

High school gave him another option, Edmentum. It is a program where she could go to school online when and at her own pace.

“I started this program in Grade 10 so I had all of my Grade 10 courses, but when I finished all of my Grade 10 courses they were all on my dashboard at the same time, so you would go in like the 11th grade course, ”she said. “All you get, you do homework, lessons at your own pace … You have to have an advisor to unlock tests and other lessons for you, which I did, but other than that, it’s really just a self-paced online school.

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With lessons at her fingertips, she took her virtual learning to the next level.

“Sometimes I would stay awake all night. Other times I would do my homework 12 hours a day just to do it, ”Alysa said.

Before she knew it, she was on her way to graduation.

While the pandemic is at the root of this virtual trip, she said it was the tragic death of her close friend Daisia ​​in February that helped her end.

“I had already started the program before she passed away and then my sister got the call – or she found out somehow – that she had passed away and told me… That Kind of motivated me to finish what she never could. for her, ”Alysa said.

She plans to go to Oakland Community College and eventually earn a forensic science degree.

The pandemic was the first time the high school offered the option of using Edmentum.

Following: Oakland County News

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Alysa with her close friend Dasia, who was killed in a shootout in February 2021. (WDIV)

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