Kyara Dawbin, of West Gardiner, a junior, has been named Maine Connections Academy‘s February STAR Student at the South Portland distance-learning public charter school.

Dawbin has been with academy since its inception in 2014. The virtual school environment has given her the opportunity to work at her own pace and develop a strong relationship with all of her teachers. She appreciates her teachers’ genuine interest in her studies and their willingness to help her find solutions to any academic challenges.

Her favorite class at MCA is Latin, and she is on track to complete Latin II this semester. In addition to her grade-level curriculum, Dawbin is also a dual-enrollment student, currently taking two college courses through the University of Fort Kent. Her favorite extra-curricular activities include her studies in introductory linguistics and spending time outdoors.

Dawbin plans to attend college abroad to study linguistics and computer science. Her goal is to perform fieldwork related to endangered languages and use that research to solve technical problems.

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