Goodhue County student Recognized for Academic Achievement

Minnesota Connections Academy students inducted into National Honor Society Chapters


A Minnesota Connections Academy (MNCA) student from Goodhue County was among the 29 students recently inducted into the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society and National Elementary Honor Society in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement and service to the community.

During a ceremony held at the statewide virtual school’s offices in St. Paul and on its LiveLesson online classroom, Margaret Leonard, a junior from Dennison, was inducted into the National Honor Society for students in grades 10 through 12.

The National Honor Society is a nationwide organization that recognizes students for achievement in four areas: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. To qualify students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher, attended MNCA for at least one full semester, committed to attending meetings throughout the school year, and committed to completing 50 volunteer hours throughout the school year. Including the 29 students inducted this year, MNCA currently has a total of 51 National Honor Society members.

“At Minnesota Connections Academy we have the opportunity to work with students and families from many different backgrounds who come to us seeking an academic setting where they can thrive,” said Brad Swanson, Minnesota Connections Academy Executive Director. “I congratulate these students for their persistence and for maintaining such a strong commitment to succeeding in the classroom and making a difference in the communities in which they live.”

At Minnesota Connections Academy students receive an online education that is tailored to their individual needs. The combination of state-certified teachers, a proven curriculum focused on both academics and social-emotional learning, and a nurturing, safe academic environment prepares students to thrive in a changing world.

Second semester enrollment at Minnesota Connections Academy for students in grades K thru 8 will remain open until March 6th. For students in grades 9 thru 12, enrollment will close February 7th. The school is hosting free, online information sessions and webinars for families interested in learning about the online public school’s curriculum and how teachers engage and support the students. A complete schedule of events and more information about the school is available at or call (800) 382-6010.

About Minnesota Connections Academy

Minnesota Connections Academy (MNCA) is a tuition-free, online public school for K–12 public students across the state. Minnesota Connections Academy offers a uniquely engaging, high-quality education experience through a safe, social learning environment that helps students learn how they learn best. The combination of state-certified quality teachers, a proven, student-centric school curriculum, unique electives, technology tools, and community experiences empowers students to gain the skills and confidence they need to thrive in a changing world. For more information, call 800-382-6010 or visit


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