Launch Student Stories


What’s it like to learn with Launch? Learn from students statewide.

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Triumph Over Challenge

Now age 17, Kolton Grider became the primary caretaker for his terminally ill mother—who has since passed—before he even entered…

Savannah Waszczuk

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A Checkered Path

Meet Devanshi Chowdada, a middle school Launch student whose long-term goals include attending Harvard, becoming a pediatrician and mastering the…

Savannah Waszczuk

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Breakout Room BFFs

After becoming friends in their Launch class, fourth grade students Bristol Michael and Josi Walker have talked every day—and they’ve…

Savannah Waszczuk

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One for the Record Books

Meet Jonah Swann: a Launch AP Physics student, a Central High School, Springfield Public Schools (SPS) senior and a new…

Savannah Waszczuk

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Dancing Toward Her Dreams

Thanks to the flexibility of Launch, Ladue Horton Watkins Junior Grace Scheffel is currently finishing up her first year of…

Savannah Waszczuk

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The Virtual Violinist

Meet Launch student Brianna Chay (pictured), a bright and bubbly 12 year old who recently wrote and published her own…

Savannah Waszczuk

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Learning as they go!

Springfield’s Hedley Frank family travels the country with four kids in Launch—and a total of 10 individuals in an RV—as…

Savannah Waszczuk

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Sharing Her Story

Eating dessert is a special treat for most kids. For 8-year-old Elinor Rowe, it was an occasional necessity. “If her…

Savannah Waszczuk

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A Goalie with Goals

Thanks to the flexibility of Launch courses, Hunter Penberthy is able to follow his passion: playing ice hockey and traveling…

Savannah Waszczuk

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An Author in the Making

Meet Launch student Brianna Chay (pictured), a bright and bubbly 12 year old who recently wrote and published her own…

Savannah Waszczuk

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Flexibility for Fitness

Meet Marshfield High School senior Emma Cary, CrossFit’s 2019 “Fittest Teen on Earth,” who is entering her senior year with…

Savannah Waszczuk

Take a Hike!

When he isn’t working on his online classes, Jackson Baskins enjoys trekking dozens of miles on multi-day backpacking trips. Glendale High…

Savannah Waszczuk

Girl’s Got Grit

Recent Parkview High School graduate Alissa Schilling balanced a schedule of volunteering, working and learning with Launch—and she won local,…

Savannah Waszczuk

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Launch, Camera, Action!

Meet Launch student Ezrah Noelle, a 17-year-old senior who spent many of her school-age years performing in Branson. Access Launch: When…

Savannah Waszczuk

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Wrangling School & Rodeo

A full-time Launch schedule allows Raymore-Peculiar middle school student Alaina Gatz time to train and participate in rodeos nationwide.Alaina Gatz…

Savannah Waszczuk

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Puck, Pass, Class!

Thanks to a full-time courseload with Launch, Northwest High School student Alac Gamble is spending his senior year playing hockey…

Savannah Waszczuk

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Welcome to the Club

Springfield Public Schools student, Alissa Schilling, was recently named Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year for Springfield and…

Savannah Waszczuk

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Finding Balance

Warrensburg High School junior Alexis Jeffrey is a two-time USAG Junior Olympics Champion and an Elite-level gymnast. Read on to…

Savannah Waszczuk