Olympian Lyndsey Fry Inspires Virtual School Grads
When the first graduating class from TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School (TECCA) gathered at UMass Boston to celebrate, Olympic silver medalist Lyndsey Fry was there—virtually—to congratulate and inspire them! The inaugural class of twelve students from across Massachusetts attended the commencement ceremony on Friday, June 12.
Lyndsey, who earned a silver medal as a member of the women’s ice hockey team at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, served as the commencement speaker via video. As a 2010 Arizona Connections Academy graduate and a recent graduate of Harvard University, Lyndsey is well acquainted with both virtual school and the Boston area.
When she made the U18 National Hockey Team in her junior year of high school, Lyndsey’s family realized that she really needed a school that could accommodate all of the traveling that was required. “Online school is not for everyone; however, it is the answer we were searching for to help me reach my goals,” Lyndsey remarks. “You have to go the extra mile to learn things on your own, and I think that’s really helped me. It requires dedication, organization, and sacrifices, but it has all been worth it.”
Lyndsey Fry’s Inspiring 2015 TECCA Commencement Speech
In her speech to graduates, Lyndsey shared her experience with online school and discussed how the flexible scheduling allowed her to play competitive ice hockey without missing out on a high-quality education. Watch her video to see the full speech.
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