Brittany Mazzi wins first place for original video

Chester senior says Virtual High School introduced her to 'a whole different style of learning'

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  • Flanking Brittany Mazzi are Ms. Battiato, Chester Academy secretary, and Mr. Spence, Chester VHS Site Coordinator/K-12 Director of Instruction/Technology/Data Administration. (Photo:

— Brittany Mazzi, a graduating senior at Chester Academy, will receive $500 for winning first place in the Virtual High School 2017 scholarship program with her original video submission.

The Virtual High School is a non-profit offering comprehensive online learning programs. The three winners showcased their personal VHS experiences creatively and stood out to the judges. The scholarship review committee evaluated the submissions based on their content, quality, creativity and relevance.

“Our 2017 winners really showed their creative talents in their submissions,” said Carol Ribeiro, President and CEO of VHS. “One common theme this year was collaborating and communicating online. Some might think given the use of technology in our modern world that such skills would come naturally, but social interaction and working together in an online classroom can be two very different things. We are so pleased that The Virtual High School helped these students develop important life skills in communication and collaboration, in addition to the valuable content knowledge they received from their chosen courses.”

In her video, Brittany detailed her experiences with Virtual High School. Her first online course was Study Skills+.

“The Virtual High School changed me by introducing a whole different style of learning to me,” she said. “For my senior year, I’ve been using many of the techniques I’ve learned from Study Skills+. I learned how to organize my work, prepare for tests and other techniques that have helped me become more responsible.”

She also learned technology-related skills such as creating blogs and communicating with other students in a global online environment.

Two other senior students — Grace Cheng of Westborough High School and Erica Chin of Concord Carlisle Regional High School, both from Massachusetts, placed second and third, respectively, each winning $250 in scholarships for their original submissions.

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