— 8th grader at statewide online public
charter school wins pageant title —
Cyber Academy (GCA), an accredited, full-time, online public
charter school, celebrates the latest accomplishment of student Damácia
Howard, a rising 8th grader, who won the Miss Georgia
Pre-Teen National American Miss Competition on July 2, 2016.
“Damácia is a wonderful example of the many types of unique and
ambitious students supported by GCA,” said Matthew Arkin, Georgia Cyber
Academy Head of School. “Community service is just one of the many
extracurricular activities in which GCA students often excel.”
Damácia is a straight-A student at GCA and was the Georgia State
Middle-Level Winner of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award earlier
this year, which honors America’s youth for outstanding commitments to
volunteerism. With the help of a national charity called Books
for Africa, Damácia donated thousands of books that she collected
from her community of Union City, Georgia.
As Miss Georgia Pre-Teen, Damácia will serve as a role model to young
people in her community and throughout the state. She will continue to
support Books for Africa and volunteer at Ronald McDonald House. Later
this year, she will compete for the national pre-teen title in
“I think I have an advantage as an online student,” Damácia said. “I
have access to a lot more resources, and I constantly use the Internet.”
This was Damácia’s second year competing in the Miss Georgia Pre-Teen
“Her dad and I are just awed by her determination and commitment to her
goals,” said Regina Howard, Damácia’s mother.
At GCA, Damácia is able to work at a pace that makes her feel
comfortable and at the level that is best for her. While she is entering
8th grade in the fall, Damácia will be taking 9th
grade literature and high school biology and physical science.
“As a GCA student, Damácia is confident and focused on her education,”
Regina said. “We wanted her to be in a safe environment, free from the
types of distractions that could be found in brick-and-mortar schools.
The curriculum at GCA is rigorous, and the environment is set up for the
students to achieve greatness and be successful.”
About Georgia Cyber Academy
Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA) is an accredited, full-time online public
school program that serves students in grades K through 12. As part of
the Georgia public school system, GCA is tuition-free, giving parents
and families the choice to access the award-winning curriculum and tools
provided by K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), the nation’s largest provider of
proprietary curriculum and online education programs. For more
information about GCA, visit http://gca.k12.com/.
Kelsey Ruane, 215-735-3470 Ext. 131