Star basketball athlete – Courtney Ekmark – made a smart move using a home-based charter school to finish up her high school chapter, as reported by the Hartford Courant. The CT Post also noted her appreciation of time at home.
UConn recruit Ekmark: Home schooling ‘a smart move’ By Rich Elliott
Ekmark, a 6-foot guard who committed to UConn in May 2012, will be home-schooled for the second time as she completes the necessary requirements to earn her high school diploma. She said needs only a math and an English class to complete those requirements and will take them on-line.
“I think it’s just a smart move,” Ekmark said. “I’ve actually been home-schooled before. I was home-schooled in sixth, seventh and eighth grade and that was really great for me. I loved it. And that also helped me get ready for high school. So, hopefully, I’ll just have the time to prepare to win national championships at UConn.”
Despite the loose term for public school at home as opposed to independent homeschooling, kudos go to Ekmark for being able to spend her time well at home. More from the Hartford Courant:
UConn Recruit Ekmark Has All Home Games, And Big Plans
“I made a senior year bucket list, things I haven’t been able to do up to this time,” Courtney said. “I split it up into different categories based on things that are important to me. Foremost is the chance to spend time with my family, which I very much look forward to. We’re going to take cool trips as a family.”
She said she plans to travel extensively to visit her friends who now play at Michigan, Harvard, Louisville, UCLA and Indiana. She also will be spending a lot of time in Storrs to watch her future teammates play, practice and work out.
She has already forged a wonderful academic path for herself, but her athletic pluck must be admired. From the CT Post:
“I’ll be playing a lot,” Ekmark said.
“I’m going to get in a boys league and I’m going to train with some different people. I’m going into UConn with … I don’t know of anyone else in my class who has more games under their belt than I have. I’ve been playing AAU basketball, playing in the college viewing tournaments, since I was in eighth grade. But playing against the boys will be good also.”
Show those boys how it’s done, Courtney. We’ll be watching your journey when you start playing for the national champion UConn Huskies.