January's Student Spotlight 

Stella Soderberg: An Interview with WVL’s Spotlight Student

Conducted By Haley   


Stella Soderberg is WVL’s Spotlight Student.  She is an amazing student who is currently eight years old and in second grade.   In May of 2016, she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, which altered the path of her academic experience, and she decided to pursue virtual learning so she could spend more time with her family and become accommodated to giving herself insulin injections at home.

Stella believes that virtual learning works best for students who are very motivated and who are looking to have more time to spend with their family and pursue their extracurricular passions.   Her schedule is very similar to the one found in a typical brick-and-mortar school:  she begins her homework right away in the morning and attends live virtual classes with her teachers and fellow peers at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.  She finishes her work around 2:50 pm after a thorough studying session and takes the rest of her day to practice her cycling and spend time with her family and mom, Mrs. Soderberg.  Stella describes her teachers (specifically, Mrs. Peerenboom and Mrs. Kay Martin, who introduced Mrs. Soderberg and Stella to homeschooling) as very kind and funny--traditional traits of WVL’s instructors.

Stella’s proudest achievement is her ride for USA BMX and her pursuit of the rigorous national cycling competition in Louisville.  Stella is inspirational in a way that is very hard to come across in many youths today.    Not only has she not allowed her medical condition to hold her back, but she has used it to her advantage in pursuing her goals and inspiring other students to do the same.  Stella is also involved in cheerleading, gymnastics, and personal training.  Her favorite subject is math, and she is currently enrolled in many of the traditional classes found in public schools.  Even Stella’s teachers agree that she is a very remarkable student who has demonstrated great determination and willpower and has served as a brilliant pillar in our school.

A sign of Stella’s strength and determination comes directly from this past July when she was injured at a cycling event in Minnesota.  A metal bar punctured an artery in her leg, and she had only 90 seconds to survive before she was rushed into emergency surgery.  Did this stop her from chasing her dreams?  Absolutely not!  She is making a brave comeback and pursuing cycling even more fervently than before.    

Stella is looking to pursue nursing as her choice of career in order to help other kids with their health complications and to create a brighter future for those in need.

Overall, Stella Soderberg is a student who deserves to be commended and is a prime example of WVL’s beliefs and values as an institution of strong student motivation, determination, and academic excellence in an online environment.  


Posted by kzander On January 26, 2017 at 12:48 PM  

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