Student Spotlights: Naomi Shartzer, Early Graduate

Everyone has dreams. But it is the few who take the leap of faith and work hard to make those dreams reality.

For iSucceed student Naomi Shartzer, that dream is to become an obstetrician.

“I have always been intrigued by the developmental processes of the fetus in the womb,” said Naomi. “Ever since I was in grade six I knew that this is what I wanted and I would not let anybody tell me I couldn’t.”

Becoming a doctor means a long road of education and training. Knowing this, Naomi wanted to graduate early and get a jumpstart toward her career as a doctor. Read more about this inspiring student below.

Naomi Shartzer, 16, early graduate

Naomi is a go-getter who enjoys volunteering at her local humane society. Although if you met her, you might be surprised; Naomi is a trendy gal with attitude.

“I think what makes me unique is that nobody would have taken me, the girl with the colored hair and attitude, to be able to accomplish so much in such little time,” said Naomi.

Naomi’s plan is to start college as soon as possible. That’s why she decided to switch to iSucceed.

“My motivation was my end goals. I knew I did not want to be 30 by the time I graduated [medical school]. I wanted to graduate [high school] at 16 with a 4.0 GPA, I felt like iSucceed was my best option for that.”

So far, Naomi has stayed true to her goals. She is set to graduate at just 16 years old with an outstanding GPA.

When it comes to advice for her fellow students, Naomi has a few words: stick to your goals.

“Keep a schedule and don’t fall behind. If you do the minimum of ten assignments a day or more, you will be fine. Also, if you have any issues, make sure to contact your teacher.” – Naomi Shartzer, iSucceed student



Student Spotlights: Bethany Cook

Every student is a unique individual with a story to tell. In this Student Spotlight, we shine the light on one of our new iSucceed students, Bethany Cook.

The Story of Bethany Cook, iSucceed student

Bethany is a 15-year-old freshman who loves curling up with a blanket and good book or movie. She was not enjoying her old school and that caused her to search for another option.

“Public school was something I always struggled with, my grades were always fine but I always had trouble going to school,” said Bethany. “I just really wanted to do my best and try not to worry about other things other than trying my hardest.”

Eventually, Bethany heard about iSucceed and felt it was her best option.

“I heard about online school and was looking into a few but none of them stuck out to me,” said Bethany. “One of my friends talked to me about iSucceed and I loved what I was hearing. So I sat down with my dad and we came to the conclusion that iSucceed was the best way to go.”

Switching to a new school always comes with its challenges, as Bethany found out. But she was able to work through them and improve her grades.

“One challenge I did run into was getting used to everything and learning my way around. This struggle did set me back a little but before long I was back on my feet,” said Bethany. “To other students, my advice is to take your time, it may be confusing and stressful now but soon it will be a piece of cake.”

Bethany stated her favorite benefit of iSucceed is the freedom it provides her.

“I love how flexible iSucceed is it really helps with my busy life and living situations,” said Bethany.

After graduating with iSucceed, Bethany hopes to attend a community college and then transfer to Boise Statue University.

I do want to thank all of my teachers that I’ve had so far. All of you have made this journey so much more fun and so much easier and less stressful. So thank you. 🙂 – Bethany Cook, freshman at iSucceed

Student Spotlights: Sarah Geopel


At iSucceed Virtual High School, we have dedicated students who work hard to get their diplomas. That’s why we decided to start a Student Spotlight series, so we can shine the light on a few of our awesome students.

This month, we bring the story of a student who just finished her last quarter with iSucceed! Although she had a feel stumbling blocks, she got back on track and earned her diploma early. Check out her inspiring story below.

The Story of Sarah Geopel, recent iSucceed graduate

Geopel-CopySarah is an 18 year old who loves riding roller coasters, eating sweets, playing with animals, and trying new things. Among her interests includes getting to know others, and helping where she can.

“I absolutely love to talk to people,” said Sarah. “I enjoy having deep, thought-provoking conversations and also finding the time to have fun together.”

Another great thing about Sarah is her confidence in herself; she embraces being unique.

“I have a quirky, outgoing personality, and am often known for being smart. Although if you really get to know me, you’ll find out that I’m quite… different from other people. But I feel that it is a good thing to be different, and I want to share that with the world,” said Sarah.

At one point in her high school career, Sarah faced some challenges that set her back on graduating. But she decided she wanted to obtain her diploma, so she came back to iSucceed and worked hard.

“My goals [when I enrolled in iSucceed] were to get as good of grades as possible and to graduate early” said Sarah.

And despite coming to iSucceed behind on credits, Sarah did accomplish her goal and graduated a semester early with good grades.

“I feel proud because I managed to graduate a semester early, and I even finished that semester a few weeks early. On top of it, I even managed to get straight A’s,” said Sarah. “I don’t claim to be perfect, but I always try to work with what I have and move on in life.”

In her last quarter at iSucceed, Sarah was also diligently working toward earning her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) license. Now that she’s graduated, she plans to finish CNA schooling and work in an assisted living home. Although, Sarah tells us that getting her CNA license is simply a first step to help her get funding to go to college for something she is passionate about.

“Nursing isn’t my passion, and I don’t know if I will further my education in it, but it is a good start to living on my own,” said Sarah. “Even though it probably won’t be my career path, I am still determined to do my best and make the residents’ lives better. After I’ve gotten myself established, I’m contemplating starting a career in the arts.”

When it comes to advice for other iSucceed students, Sarah has a few great tips:

1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! No matter how stupid the question, it doesn’t matter what others think, what matters is that you learn more and satisfy your curiosity.

2. Don’t be afraid to share other things with your teachers too, whether it’s something you read that you think they may be interested in or lesson material that you find inspiring.

3. Put forth your best effort! I know it may be tempting to put minimal thought into responses on things such as discussions and projects, but nothing worth doing is easy. It reflects well on you to try hard, and you just may learn something interesting too.

4. Have a great life! Make a difference in the world, don’t just be a bystander, and don’t fall victim to violence and peer pressure.

Check out this article to see how you can graduate early with iSucceed.

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Student Spotlights: Nicole Griffith

Student_Spotlight_BannerAt iSucceed Virtual High School, we have dedicated students who work hard to get their diplomas. That’s why we decided to start a Student Spotlight series, so we can shine the light on a few of our awesome students.

Our first student we’re going to spotlight is a recent graduate Nicole Griffith, whom you may remember for her inspiring speech given at the 2014 graduation ceremony.

Nicole Griffith, iSucceed graduate


Nicole was with iSucceed all four years, and switched to us because she did not feel comfortable in a traditional school setting.

“You (all) know something about me that no one is going to believe: I’m shy,” said Nicole to her 2014 graduating class.

In that speech, Nicole talked about how in her previous school, she didn’t feel comfortable raising her hand and asking questions. She told her classmates how she remained silent in a corner at her old school. When she switched to iSucceed, she had a class with history teacher, Mr. Rollins, who encouraged her to participate in class.

“(Mr. Rollins) was the first teacher I was able to ask a question,” Nicole said, “After he was so helpful and encouraging, I could ask another and then another.”

From that moment, Nicole said she started participating more and more in her courses and found her grades improving. She often attended school events, joined a few student clubs and got involved in her community. In 2014, Nicole was awarded Student of the Year at iSucceed!

At iSucceed, we know every student is important and unique! We believe in providing them the personal support they need to excel through our highly-qualified instructors and school provided laptops given to all iSucceed students free of charge. Start your online application today at

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I did what I thought I couldn’t do… I graduated from high school! If it wasn’t for iSucceed being there throughout my struggles, I would have received a GED instead of an Idaho diploma.

Hi, my name is Gina, I am an iSucceed VHS graduate. I also have more than 30 medical diagnoses. I went from being a high school dropout to proud member of iSucceed’s 2010 graduating class.
I decided to drop out of high school in the fall of 2008 because traditional school, and the special education team, wasn’t working for me. At first, I decided to pursue a GED but felt a “missing part” of myself slowly fading away. Before I took the GED test, I decided to look for an online high school as an alternative.
As soon as I started my first semester at iSucceed Virtual High School, my family and I knew that I would receive a high school diploma. And in June of 2010, I did. If it wasn’t for iSucceed being there throughout my struggles, I would have received a GED instead of an Idaho diploma.
To me, and to prospective employers, a high school diploma means that I stuck with school even though it was a big struggle. It shows that I didn’t fall prey to quitting, despite unique challenges.
Today I serve on the Board of Directors at a non-profit organization called Idaho Parents Unlimited (IPUL). I also consider myself a gamer and geek, and am currently pursuing a career in the gaming industry. I’ve learned a lot, and am eager to apply and share my life lessons.

Gina, thank you for sharing your story with us, and for allowing us to provide a successful pathway for you! Sincerely, you friends at iSucceed