Bright Spots In Homeschooling is a periodic feature in which we will highlight one of the many, many success stories in the world of home education. If you know of a Bright Spot, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Golfing with Grace
| December 4, 2009 |
Faith, family, and golfing are fundamental in the life of 17-year-old Amy Anderson, winner of this year’s U.S. Girls’ Junior Golf Championship.
Third Time’s the Charm for Homeschooled Orator
| June 11, 2009 |
On April 19, 2009, on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, homeschooler Andrew Dykstal took first place in the American Legion Oratorical Contest.
Young Volunteer Earns Four Awards
| June 11, 2009 |
Homeschooler Hosanna Kabakoro of Twin Falls, Idaho, is being honored with not one, not two or three, but four awards for volunteer service in her community.
Writing from the Home
| March 30, 2009 |
At 18, Cati Gerwitz from Rochester, New York, just published her first novel. Home with You is a story about the friendship of two girls, their experiences, and the lessons they learn together.
Families Make Historical Epic Movie
| January 30, 2009 |
Unaware that it’s impossible to film an epic movie on a micro-budget, the Burns family did it anyway. Although everyone contributed, the vision and work was driven by the cousins of both families.
| October 29, 2008 |
Sixteen-year-old Lyric Gillett’s fascination with the science of sound has earned her numerous awards and scholarships. She hopes to use her science studies to promote a Godly worldview.
Taking It to the Top
| July 10, 2008 |
Homeschooling gives 15-year-old violinist Mia Laity the flexibility to pursue her dream of becoming a professional soloist. Her ambitions got a big boost recently when she was featured on the national radio program From the Top.
Homeschool Robotics Team Wins World Championship
| May 30, 2008 |
A team of seven homeschooled high schoolers swept the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) World Championship in Atlanta, Georgia, taking home a Winning Alliance Team trophy and the Amaze Award (awarded by the judges to a team whose uniqueness sets it apart from all other award categories).
Soaring to New Heights
| April 10, 2008 |
Will Flathers is the first Virginia Military Institute cadet to earn a prestigious Marshall Scholarship awarded by the British Parliament. He plans to study avionics in England before pursuing a career in the U.S. Air Force.
Baking Her Way Into Business
| March 6, 2008 |
When homeschooled high schooler Emily Savine decided to try baking cookies for profit, she didn’t realize that the “learning experience” would quickly turn into a lucrative business. Four months after launching an Internet-based homemade-cookie company, she has already received hundreds of orders from cookie lovers as far away as Hawaii and Korea.
Proving His Olympic Spirit
| January 17, 2008 |
Born with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (mild autism), Daniel Glick wasn’t talking or even throwing a ball four years ago. But after a year of competitive bowling with Special Olympics, now Daniel is winning ribbons and making friends.
Dancing her Dream
| October 29, 2007 |
Seventeen-year-old Aubry Myers held “Angelina Ballerina Parties” as a community outreach to young dancers in Baltimore County, Maryland. The program also earned her a grant from the Start Something program, which allowed Aubry to further study dance at the Atlanta Ballet.
| July 11, 2007 |
Twelve-year-old Matthew Evans turned an alphabet-rimmed cereal bowl into a $25,000 college scholarship. What began as a young child’s fascination with letters, culminated this year in Matthew placing first in the Reader’s Digest National Word Power Challenge, winning the $25,000 prize.
Homeschoolers Win National Mock Trial Invitational
| July 11, 2007 |
After winning second place in the Tennessee state tournament in March 2007, a team of seven homeschooled high schoolers took first place at the second annual American Mock Trial Invitational (AMTI) cosponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, on May 4, 2007.
Learning by Legos
| April 24, 2007 |
The homeschool team Legos in Paradise took first place at the 2006 First Lego League Robot Challenge.
Teen golfer takes his game to the top
| March 21, 2007 |
In 2002, 13-year-old Michael Whitehead had a choice: play football or golf. He chose golf.
Skating by the books
| January 11, 2007 |
At the age of 8, Zachariah Szabo (now 17) decided to teach himself ice skating.
A Passion for Beauty
| December 15, 2006 |
Homeschooled teen Jessica Lhota’s interest in the business side of fashion led to opening her own store, The Beauty Loft, in Gainesville, Florida.
Fisheries Program Selects Homeschooled Participant
| November 2, 2006 |
Nikolett Anneler has loved watching NOVA (PBS's nature and science program) and other nature shows since she was 3 years old. In summer 2006, she went beyond just watching when she was chosen to participate in the Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program.
Homeschooler Captures Civil Air Patrol's Top Cadet Award
| October 11, 2006 |
On May 11, 2006, homeschooled 9th-grader Katrina Litchford received the Civil Air Patrol’s General Carl A. Spaatz Award in a private ceremony at the Pentagon.
Homeschoolers Named to Prestigious High School
| September 15, 2006 |
In spring 2006, homeschooled students Ronnie Grider and Penelope Anderson were selected for membership in the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).
Brother and Sister Receive Congressional Awards
| July 24, 2006 |
Homeschool graduates Jaymes and Jansina Grossman received the Congressional Gold Award on June 21, 2006, for educating others about Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Painting Her Way to the Top
| June 5, 2006 |
On April 20, 2006, 15-year-old Rebekah Nastav of Amoret, Missouri, took first place in the 2006-2007 Junior Duck Stamp Contest with her acrylic painting of a redhead duck.
Homeschooler Receives Prestigious Science Scholarship
| May 17, 2006 |
West Virginia University student Eli Owens was awarded The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for research he conducted on silicon nitride.
Sewing up a storm
| March 6, 2006 |
Homeschooler Meredith Olds placed second in the national Make It Yourself With Wool Contest.
Crazy about creepy-crawlies
| January 26, 2006 |
An 11-year-old homeschooler's unusual hobby has earned her a place in the Kids Hall of Fame.
Homeschooled essayist honored
| January 6, 2006 |
Read about the second of two homeschoolers who were finalists in the National Endowment for the Humanities' Idea of America Essay Contest.
Homeschooler's love of learning pays off
| December 21, 2005 |
Joseph Henares, a 12-year-old from Connecticut, won Jeopardy!'s latest Back to School edition.
Homeschooler's essay garners national award
| December 1, 2005 |
Ian Gilbert was one of six high school juniors to win the third annual Idea of America Essay Contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Homeschool graduate works to clean the silver screen
| October 13, 2005 |
Nineteen-year-old Carrie Stoelting enjoys a good movie, and she wants Hollywood to make more.
Saving the sharks
| September 7, 2005 |
Nine-year-old Paige Epler has briefed the staff of the Baltimore Aquarium, a congressional committee, and numerous small groups on saving sharks from extinction.
Science whizzes win competition, impact community
| August 24, 2005 |
A homeschooled teamís winning project did more than advance to a national competitionóitís being used to solve a local pollution problem.
Playing in the big leagues
| August 5, 2005 |
From the time he was 11, Matthew Betsill knew he wanted to play professional baseball. This June, he fulfilled that dream by signing with the Minnesota Twins.
Iowa homeschooler named to national youth soccer team
| June 22, 2005 |
Fourteen-year-old Ian Christianson's dedication and skill is propelling him through national and international matches.
Homeschool swim team making waves in Texas
| June 22, 2005 |
A high school swim team composed of 14 homeschoolers swept a February state championship.
Minnesota homeschooler wins 2005 National Geographic Bee
| June 8, 2005 |
Homeschooler Nathan Cornelius is more than a geography whiz-he's the top one in the nation. On May 25, 2005, the 13-year-old beat nine other National Geographic Bee finalists by correctly answering the question, "Lake Gatun, an artificial lake that constitutes part of the Panama Canal system, was created by damming which river?"
5th-grader's poster wins Arbor Day award
| May 25, 2005 |
Christy Reid, a homeschooler from Hayden Lake, Idaho, was feted by the National Arbor Day Foundation for her colorful poster celebrating trees.
First and third in the world: Homeschool robotics team wins big
| April 28, 2005 |
Nine Maryland teenagers took the 12th Annual Trinity College Fire Fighting Home Robot Contest by storm with robots programmed to navigate mazes, avoid traps, and extinguish a candle.
South Carolina's Junior Miss 2005 learns at home
| March 30, 2005 |
On July 17, 2004, homeschooler Lizzy Tyler became South Carolina's Junior Miss 2005, winning $8000 in college scholarships.
Homeschooled Pianist Headed for Graduate School in England
| March 8, 2005 |
This year, Scott MacIntyre was named a Marshall Scholar, enabling him to spend two fully funded years studying music in England. He was also awarded a place on USA Today's All-USA College Academic First Team 2005.
Homeschool Team Wins B.E.S.T. Robotics Competition
| February 18, 2005 |
Last fall, forty-five homeschool students, from the Wichita Kansas area, came together to form the Wichita Warriors Homeschool Robotics Team.
Homeschooled artist wins two awards
| February 17, 2005 |
Adam Nisbett credits homeschooling with allowing him to pursue his twin interests of bird watching and painting.
Homeschool graduate chosen as battalion commander
| January 14, 2005 |
James Brown was recently selected to a three-month term as battalion commander at the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Rhode Island.
Colorado homeschooler writes prizewinning essay
| October 19, 2004 |
Rachel Shafer, a 16 year-old homeschool student from Longmont, Colorado, was named Grand Prize winner of the second annual National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) "Idea of America" essay contest.
Homeschooler Awarded Rhodes Scholarship
| May 13, 2004 |
Lara Anderson has accomplished what only thirty-one other Americans have done this year.
Arizona's Yodeling Sweetheart
| February 11, 2004 |
In the past yodeling has often been associated with the Swiss Alps, but not anymore. At the November 2003 International Yodeling Competition in Wichita, Kansas, Tiffany Jo Allen an eleven-year-old from Tucson, Arizona yodeled her way to first place.
Homeschool Team Succeeds with Robots and Lego
| January 13, 2004 |
Out of the 40 participating teams, the Superior Homeschoolers achieved the highest overall points and received the prestigious Directors Award. The Directors Award is considered the highest honor in the FIRST LEGO League and the winning team members become valued role models.
Joshua Carden, Esq., Attorney for Alliance Defense Fund
| December 12, 2003 |
Joshua Carden first dreamed of becoming a lawyer at age nine. "My parents were friends with lawyers like Shelby Sharpe, Michael Farris, and Jordan Lorence. Those men became legal heroes to me." Josh told HSLDA's Bright Spots. He realized this dream in 2002 when he graduated from Regent University School of Law with his Juris Doctorate before sitting for the Arizona bar exam.
| December 4, 2003 |
Chris Lam is a 20-year-old homeschool graduate turned tennis star, who in recent months has made headlines in the world of tennis. He is considered by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) a "wunderkind" having placed at number 29 on a list of singles players at UCLA and is the first Hawaiian player to be ranked in the top 50 in singles since 1996
Captain Maximilian Bremer, US Air Force
| November 12, 2003 |
As a homeschool graduate in 1993, Max applied to the US Air Force Academy and was accepted; but like many homeschool graduates of the 90s, Max had to battle some misconceptions the military possessed about homeschoolers.
Homeschooler Awarded Bronze Star With Valor
| August 11, 2003 |
Homeschoolers are truly proving themselves in all walks of life and Sergeant Simon Kiser is the latest example of homeschoolers excelling in society. This award demonstrates the exceptional character of homeschool graduates.
Homeschoolers Succeed as Future Problem Solvers
| July 23, 2003 |
One of the many facets which contributes to the success of homeschooling is "thinking outside the box." Homeschooling parents are impacting the way America views education by providing high quality teaching at home rather than in a 'formal' school.
Homeschooler Named Young Entrepreneur Of The Year
| July 16, 2003 |
NFTE holds an annual competition to reward students who have demonstrated entrepreneurial ability an to encourage a new generation of entrepreneurs. The organization partners with schools and colleges in order to reach out to students who wish to pursue new ideas in the business field.
Homeschoolers Compete in the American Legion's National High School Oratorical Contest
| June 24, 2003 |
HSLDA is pleased to report that seven out of the 54 finalists were homeschoolers in the American Legion's annual competition to test high school students' knowledge of the Constitution.
Homeschoolers Make USA Today Academic Team
| June 4, 2003 |
Three ambitious home-educated students are part of USA Today's 2003 All-USA Community and Junior College Academic Teams, which consists of only 20 people.
| January 13, 2003 |
The Robo Raiders, seven homeschooled boys from Virginia and West Virginia, placed 8th out of 60 in the First Lego League state competition.
| December 17, 2002 |
As the sport of soccer sweeps over the nation, it should be no surprise to learn that homeschoolers are excelling at the highest levels.
Homeschooler Starts Hamster Rescue
| November 21, 2002 |
Eight-year-old homeschooler Maggie Chekal is making a difference in her community. The American Humane Association recently named her their Kid of the Year, a title that carried with it a $5,000 scholarship.
Homeschooler Wins Reading Rainbow Competition
| October 30, 2002 |
One of the most precocious writing talents you'll come across struggled with phonics when she was in preschool.
Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Excel in Junior Chess
| October 7, 2002 |
Chess has long been one of the most enjoyable competitive outlets available for those gifted in organization, planning, and logic. It's not surprising to learn then, that homeschoolers are prominent among the top ranks of junior chess in the U.S.
Home Schooled High Schooler Finishes Select College Program
| August 9, 2002 |
Science is often considered a challenging area for home schooled students, but a 14-year-old girl from Columbus, Ohio is proving just how adept home schoolers can be.
Kansas Jr. Miss Winner Home Schooled
| August 5, 2002 |
Rachel Olds had a unique venue from which to promote home education recently, as a contestant in the National Junior Miss Scholarship Pageant in Mobile, Alabama.
Home Schooler Wins International Diplomacy Essay Contest
| June 11, 2002 |
Amber Busha of Winfield, Alabama, won her state's segment of the competition for her work concerning the proper role of the U.S. military in international peacekeeping and peace enforcement operations.
Home Schooler Wins National Geography Bee
| May 22, 2002 |
Calvin McCarter, at 10 one of the youngest competitors in the competition's history, walked away from the event as the contest champion, earning a $25,000 college scholarship.
Home Schooling Works With Math Too!
| May 21, 2002 |
Home Schoolers are beginning to make their presence felt in the arena of mathematics, much as they have previously in many other fields of study.
Home Schooler to Compete in National Junior Miss Pageant
| May 13, 2002 |
Rachel Higgins of Colorado recently won her state's edition of the Junior Miss Pageant, and with it a $2,000 college scholarship.
Home Schooled Mock Trial Team Makes It To National Competition
| April 22, 2002 |
The Family Christian Academy Home Schoolers of Chattanooga, TN, have qualified for the National High School Mock Trial Championships.
Golf and Home Schooling Go Together For California Family
| March 15, 2002 |
As Rachel Schwartz begins to compete at the top levels of junior golf, her family finds it to be a great opportunity to spread the word about the virtues of home education.
The Carl and Sherry Richardson Family
| February 28, 2002 |
The Karl and Sherry Richardson family of Minnesota has used music to introduce scores of people to the advantages of home schooling