The Stories of CHA Graduates
Technically we don't have graduates. All our students are homeschooled and are granted diplomas by their parents. But for more than twenty years, CHA has played a significant role in the education of our students and we are proud of their accomplishments.
Below is just a selection of the many exceptional scholars who have been a part of our program.
Matt Davis graduated from HSEP/CHA in 2005 and attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk Virginia. While there, Matt earned a number of academic achievement scholarships and participated in the Honors College program. Fueled by his self-initiated involvement in undergraduate research, Matt helped initialize the development of an Undergraduate Research Program which later, in its first official year, provided over $50,000 dollars in grants to promote and facilitate the inclusion of undergraduates in ODU's active research community and expand students' educational experience while preparing them for graduate programs and the job market. In 2009, Matt graduated Summa Cum Laude with the Faculty Award in Mechanical Engineering, Faculty Award for Academic Excellence in Engineering, and the Alumni Association Outstanding Scholar Award for the College of Engineering and Technology for his achievements as the top engineering graduate of his class. In 2009, Matt was hired by Newport News Shipbuilding’s Shock Engineering Services Group where he currently analyzes effects of underwater explosions on Naval craft and equipment. In 2011, Matt earned a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering and has continued to advance the engineering field through the publication of a number of professional papers.
Teresa Hewitt graduated from HSEP/CHA in 2006, earning a full academic scholarship to Old Dominion University. While there, Teresa earned seven additional academic scholarships and accolades, including a grant to study abroad in London for a semester. In 2010, Teresa graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Honors College and was recognized at commencement as the Outstanding Scholar for the College of Arts and Letters as well as the top student in the teacher preparation program. She went on to complete her Master's degree in Elementary Education the following year and was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student in Elementary Education. Teresa was hired by Virginia Beach City Public Schools in 2011 and is now a fifth grade teacher.
Jessica (Wright) Hunt
Jessica Hunt attended HSEP/CHA through middle school and high school, graduating in 2005. She went on to be accepted "early decision" to the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She was awarded academic scholarships throughout her college career and was able to study abroad in Paris in her junior year. She graduated in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in English and a minor in Business Marketing. She now works in Washington, D.C. for a strategy firm that works on education and health policy.
Heather (Wood) Kneisler
Heather attended classes at CHA throughout middle school and high school before graduating in 2006. She went on to attend Old Dominion University after being admitted into the Honors College. She was awarded two private scholarships and earned six additional academic scholarships and accolades during her time there. She also studied abroad in London in the fall semester of her junior year. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Old Dominion University in 2010 with a BA in English Literature and a minor in Secondary Education. She was also awarded Top University Scholar, ODU's highest undergraduate academic honor, and Top English Scholar. She went on to work in sales and advertising for three years before returning to teach at Centerville Homeschool Academy.
Coleman (Gable) Senecal
Coleman Senecal graduated from Centerville Homeschool Academy in 2005 and earned a full academic scholarship to attend Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia. While there, she studied in the Honors and Scholars Program and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2009. She has now returned to teach at Centerville Homeschool Academy.
Stephanie Wasko graduated in 2012 and was accepted into the University of Virginia. She chose, however, to attend Old Dominion University after being admitted to their Honors College and receiving the Presidential Scholarship--ODU's highest academic award. Stephanie is majoring in Journalism with a minor in Spanish. She studied abroad in the spring of 2014 in Seville, Spain. Over the summer of 2014, she interned at WFED radio in Washington, D.C., producing over fifty published articles. Stephanie will be teaching Spanish at CHA during the 2014-2015 school year.