Scottsdale student competes at Synchronized Swimming Junior Olympics

The Schwickert siblings (submitted photo)

The Schwickert siblings (submitted photo)

Growing up with four other siblings is eventful—especially when your parents are busy taking each sibling to activities like robotics competitions and dive and swim practice.

But 7-year-old Mona Schwickert has found time to pursue her passion as a synchronized swimmer.

In fact, Mona is an exceptional synchronized swimmer, according to a press release. In June, she was selected to compete with a group of 10- and 11-year-olds at the 2016 Junior Olympic Synchronized Swimming Championships in Long Island – despite her young age.

Like Mona, her siblings spend much of their time attending extracurricular activities.

The family’s busy lifestyle is possible due to their parent’s decision to individualize each child’s education. Mona and two of her siblings attend Arizona Virtual Academy, an online, public school for Arizona students where they can learn at their own pace in the way that’s best for them.

The other two Schwickert siblings are excelling at a local charter school, the release stated.

When Mona’s mom and dad moved the kids to Arizona three years ago, they knew a “one school fits all” approach did not work for their family. Understanding that each child is unique, has special talents and learns differently meant that each child needed a school that worked for them.

At AZVA, Mona and her two siblings are able to move quickly though subjects in which they excel and spend more time on those that need more attention. The individualized curriculum makes it possible for each child to excel in school while still having time to participate in extracurricular activities—a combination that would have been difficult without the opportunity to tailor each child’s education.

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