Joseph is currently living in Warrensburg and attending UCM where he will be a senior in January. His degree is in Technology with an emphasis in management and he hopes to eventually obtain a job in safety management. Joseph is renting an apartment off campus, at the Catholic Campus Center, which enables him to grow in his leadership skills, promoting, assisting the director, and heading up various activities for kids on campus. He has used his advocation skills learned at Horizon Academy greatly in college! He is working closely with the access office to receive accommodations and direction to help him succeed in school. He plans to continue work at Hyvee on breaks and takes between 15-16 hours of classes each semester. He hopes to graduate in December of 2014!
Dylan transitioned to Bishop Miege High School as a freshman in August of 2013. Dylan (or “Waffles” as he is known by most of the student body) is really enjoying his year at Miege. He is currently maintaining a B+ GPA and is participating on the Debate and Football teams. He participated in his first debate tournament in September of 2013. He plays Defensive Tackle and Offensive GUard on the Freshman A team, which is 5-0 so far this season. The strategies and confidence that Horizon taught him have enabled him to make a smooth transition into high school.
Abby graduated from Horizon Academy in 2013 as our Student of the Year. Since graduating, Abby has been taking a few classes at Johnson County Community College and is truly enjoying them. She is also working at Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Company. Abby continues to have a love for animals — especially her kittens and her horse. She loves going horseback riding as well as driving around town. Even though Abby was only at Horizon Academy for her senior year, that one year helped her to develop her reading skills and prepared her for her classes at JCCC. Abby loves coming to visit Horizon Academy because of the incredible community of friends she found here!
Lizzy graduated from Horizon Academy in 2013. Since graduation, she has been working many hours at Dog Pawz which is a Doggy Day Care in Kansas City. Her passion for dogs truly started when she was at Horizon Academy and involved with the PAWS group. Lizzy’s time at Horizon Academy helped her to build up her confidence socially and academically and has helped her transition into this new phase of life!
After attending a public elementary school, Jack became a student at Horizon Academy in 6th grade. Jack attended Horizon Academy for three years before transitioning to Bishop Miege during his freshman year of high school. While at Bishop Miege, he was a manager for the football team. The highlight of Jack’s time at Bishop Miege as the football manager, was being on the field for the state championship game in 2012.
With the study skills and self-confidence that Horizon Academy instilled in Jack, he graduated from Bishop Miege with a 3.90 GPA. Jack is also an Eagle Scout and his Eagle Scout project was improving some of the landscaping at Horizon Academy.
Jack is currently enrolled part-time at Johnson County Community College, where he is on the Dean’s Honor Roll for part-time students. Jack plans to attend a four-year college in the Fall of 2015.
Since his transition from Horizon Academy, Dalton graduated from the University of Arkansas and began working for Go Exchange. The company sells custom wholesale apparel and is dedicated to orphan prevention. Dalton covers the Midwest and Southeastern territories and is now one of the company’s top sales representatives.
When he’s not busy working, he leads a Sunday school class at his church, helps with Global Orphan Project events, and cheers on the KC Royals. He enjoyed his time at Horizon Academy, with one moment standing out in particular. “My favorite memory of Horizon was an assembly we had where a basketball player was doing fancy dunks. On his final dunk he shattered the backboard.”
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