Compass Charter Schools (CCS) Scholar Wins National Geographic Contest

By April 10, 2019 News

THOUSAND OAKS, CACompass Charter Schools (CCS) announced today that Ella Kunkle, a 6-grade scholar from Tustin, was chosen as a winner for a contest hosted by National Geographic for Kids.

Kunkle entered the contest entitled, “Weird but True,” in which scholars submit weird fun facts about their home states. She received a package in the mail, revealing the news that her fact was chosen as one of the top 10 winning entries. As a prize, she received two free books and her entry was listed on the website.

“I saw the contest in the National Geographic for Kids and decided I wanted to try and win the free books! I did some research on my state of California,” shared Kunkle. “We were also studying different elements for science so when I saw that California had an element named after it, I thought that was so interesting. I guess they agreed with me!”

As an Options scholar, Kunkle is able to purchase curriculum of her choice from a list of approved vendors using instructional funds provided by CCS. CCS is a virtual independent study charter school serving grades TK-12 with a scholar enrollment of over 1,700, dedicated to supporting scholars like Ella and providing access to quality online and homeschool educational programs to meet their unique needs.

Ella’s mom, Erin, added, “We have loved being with Compass and I love having the freedom to pursue my kids’ educations in a way that breeds excitement for learning. The instructional funds give us an opportunity to do things we might not otherwise do and my EF is such an encouragement to me and my kids.”

Over the past five years, CCS has educated the highly gifted, the bullied, the athlete, the actor, the academically-challenged, the chronically ill, and many other scholars who seek a personalized educational experience outside traditional classroom walls.

“It’s a great feeling to see our scholars get creative and customize our programs to their strengths,” shared J.J. Lewis, superintendent & CEO. “I’m very proud Ella was able to make the most of her experience at Compass and use her knowledge to win the Weird but True contest. And it was great, too, to learn this weird and fun fact about California!”

See Ella’s submission and other Weird but True facts here.

About Compass Charter Schools  

Compass Charter Schools (CCS) is a WASC-accredited virtual public charter school serving thousands of scholars throughout the state. Catering to TK-12 grade scholars, CCS offers the choice of either their homeschool or online academic program. CCS is committed to creating a collaborative virtual learning community, inspiring scholars to appreciate the ways in which arts and sciences nurture a curiosity for lifelong learning, and preparing scholars to take responsibility for their future successes.

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