Mt. Everest Academy

K-12 Independent Study

"Flexibility to Pursue Your Passion"

Here are some of the activities Mt. Everest Academy students are involved in, as they pursue their passions as well as meet their educational goals.

Sydney Zamudio Joins City Ballet of San Diego
After Syndey Zamudio graduates from Mt. Everest, she will be going directly into the City Ballet of San Diego to dance as an apprentice!  Syndey, grade 12, shares her journey, and how Mt. Everest has helped her accomplish this dream.
"Steven Wistrich, Artistic Director of City Ballet of San Diego, offered me a trainee contract at the age of 15. I was absolutely elated, knowing that this was a huge step towards becoming a professional dancer. At this time I left Francis Parker and joined the Mt. Everest Academy community in order to have a more flexible schedule. Over the past 3 years, Mt. Everest Academy has allowed me to dance 40 hours a week and still receive a high school education and form friendships that will last a lifetime. This school has provided me with a wonderful education in not only academic fields, but also the reality of adult life and time management.
After graduating, I will continue growing as an artist and will be dancing as an apprentice with the City Ballet of San Diego. I hope to continue diversifying my repertoire and working my way up the ranks of the company towards becoming a principal dancer.  None of this would have been possible without the endless love and support of the Mt. Everest Academy teachers and staff. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!"
Life in the Fast (Bike) Lane with Quinten Kirby
Quinten Kirby, grade 10, is a semi-pro road cyclist who races throughout the United States, and is looking towards competing in Canada and Europe this summer.  His races can cover up to 100 miles a day!  In preparation for these events, Quinten trains 15-20 hours a week, putting in 250-400 miles of riding all around San Diego.

Quinten Quinten says that while racing, cyclists can ride as fast as 50 MPH, tightly surrounded by their fellow cyclists a mere 2-3 INCHES away!  And they can burn up to 4000-5000 calories in a day's ride.

Both mental and physical fitness and finesse are required. It takes many years to condition for the level of racing that Quinten partakes in. Quinten believes that cycling is very much like school, and life for that matter; that it takes hard work and perseverance.  Challenges will always come to be, but in the end, it will most definitely pay off with victory.
Hannah Stock in "Off Their Rockers"
Hannah Stock, grade 4, had the chance to work with the wonderful Betty White, playing her granddaughter, in the show “Off Their Rockers,” which aired on January 15.  
Petunia Petunia Rizo is a National Winner in Math Kangaroo!
Mt. Everest Academy had the honor of hosting the International Math Kangaroo Competition on Thursday, March 21, 2013 for students from local schools.  Over 6 million students throughout the world take part in this competition at the same time.  And now our very own Petunia Rizo, grade 2, has been announced as a National Winner!  Petunia earned one of the top 15 scores of all the students in the United States that competed in level 2!

Math Kangaroo is an annual international competition for students in grades 1 thru 12.  The competition originated in Australia (hence the name “Kangaroo”), and soon spread from country to country, now being held worldwide.  It takes place at the same time throughout the world, however, the results are not compared between various countries.  Prizes are awarded by the national organizers of the competition.
Brilynn Brilynn Rakes on "Dancing With The Stars"
Brilynn Rakes, MEA senior, recently performed on Dancing with the Stars. If you missed this incredibly talented young lady’s performance, you may watch her on YouTube.

Brilynn, Mt. Everest joins your family and friends in congratulations for a wonderful performance!
Natalie Marrewa in "South Pacific" at Welk Resort Theatre
Natalie Marrewa, grade 5, just completed an 11-week run acting and singing in “South Pacific” at Welk Resort Theatre.  She was one of only 2 children in the production and did 5 performances a week, along with the adult professional actors.

Natalie's schedule at Mt. Everest gives her the ability to attend the 3 weeks of intense rehearsals where they practice 3:00-10:00 pm Tuesday thru Friday, 10:00-5:00 pm on Saturdays, and 1:00-9:00 pm on Sundays.   This is just one of many shows that Natalie has performed in!
Ria  Ria Rizo, first grade scholar!
After a strict application process, Ria Rizo, 1st grader, has qualified for and been accepted to the Davidson Young Scholars Program.  Ria’s academic skills are far beyond her grade level, and her parents have been searching for new ways to challenge her and support her love of learning.  They have found the solution with this program, which will supplement Ria’s environment of learning at home and at Mt. Everest Academy.

The Davidson Young Scholars Program is an individualized, family-oriented program that supports the educational and developmental needs of profoundly intelligent young people between the ages of 5 and 18.  This program assists parents and students with academic support and educational advocacy, child and adolescent development, and talent development. 
Larry black belt Larry V. Oldham, III Earns Recommended First Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do
On December 1, Larry tested for and earned his Recommended First Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do!  His Chief Master Instructor, Mr. Tchag, (pictured with Larry), highly praises Larry for his exceptional skills and abilities in martial arts!  He is also very proud of Larry’s strong leadership capabilities demonstrated consistently toward the lower ranked students he instructs, as well as all Sidekicks students and instructors.  Larry performs his Junior Instructor duties under the direction of Mr. Tchag, who has been with Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy for over 25 years.  Mr. Tchag says Larry is the most accomplished young student in the many years of his teaching martial arts!



Haley Driver, amateur tennis player, ranks #64 nationally
Haley Driver, 11th grader, is passionate about tennis and plays competitively.  She moved up 28 spots in the Prince Hot 100 junior class rankings to #64 in the nation, a significant feat for a Top 100 recruit.  Perhaps the most significant of Haley's accomplishments was winning the title in the prestigious USTA Interscholastic Championships West, where all six opponents she defeated were 4- and 5-Star athletes.

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Bethany Fullerton is a National Semi-Finalist
Bethany Fullerton, 6th grade, has placed as a semi-finalist in the national Endangered Species Day Artwork Contest.  Her painting is of a San Joaquin kit fox.  These foxes are primarily nocturnal and are usually found in grassland or mixed shrub habitats.  Congratulations Bethany!