Youngest graduate crosses stage at Abbotsford Virtual School

Youngest graduate crosses stage at Abbotsford Virtual School

Isabelle Harris, 15, receives certificate in ceremony

Abbotsford Virtual School (AVS) achieved two milestones at its graduation ceremony on June 20.

Not only did Christine Wiebe cross the floor as the school’s oldest graduate at age 75 (see separate story), but Isabelle Harris, 15, accepted her certificate as AVS’ youngest graduate in its 11-year history.

Harris, who is a national gold-medal winner in judo, said she began attending AVS in Grade 5 because it allowed her to work at her own pace and not fall behind while travelling and training for her sport.

She focused on courses such as psychology and forensic science as well as athletics.

Harris, who turns 16 in August, was named the school’s Student of the Month in October, as well as Student of the Year in Grades 8 and 10.

Her plans now are to compete internationally in judo and earn a spot on Team Canada. She eventually hopes to have a career as a forensic pathologist.

Harris is also an avid ballet student, having studied since the age of 8. She plans to teach the dance form when she finishes all her ballet exams.

She also plans to further her education with college or university online courses, which will enable her to continue travelling for judo.

Harris has high praise for her school.

“AVS is a school that allows each student to succeed in his or her own way. It is a safe environment and all of the teachers and staff are very helpful and supportive,” she said.