12-year-old skater from Massachusetts pursues dream in virtual school

SHREWSBURY - When you discover your passion at an early age, making the time to follow your dream can be a challenge.

But for Isabella Ramirez of Shrewsbury, who uncovered a love for ice skating early in life, online school has been the secret to helping her create space in her life for a rigorous practice schedule while keeping up with her education.

A typical day involves waking up amid the din of a busy house, with two older brothers still living at home, a working mother and father, and a protective pup under one roof. Classes begin, through her trusty laptop, on her own schedule and like many kids attending TECCA (Connections Academy), she chooses to get the math and science classes over early.

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