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Omaira Vasquez

Currently a student at the University of Panama in Penonome, Omaira is studying to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Technology. Originally from  Altos de la Estancia, she first heard about Forum Academy the year it opened. At first, there was not much information available about the school. So Omaira took initiative and …

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Lourdes Rodriguez

Achieving the IB Diploma is no easy task. This year, amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, Lourdes Rodriguez ,Forum Academy Class of 2018, received her diploma. She shares this unforgettable experience and her plans for the future. Lourdes remembers first meeting Profesora Elvia just days before graduating from Centro Educativo La Venta. Profesora Elvia was there to …

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Julia Perez

Julia Perez is from the community of las Tablas, located in the corregimiento del Potrero district of La Pintada. She was told about the Forum Academy by a teacher at her school in Potrero. “I was able to take  the test at colegio Ruben Dario Carles, thanks to the  parents club of my school and …

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Carmen Perez

Carmen Perez is from Altos de la Estancia. After attending the Centro Educativo Basico General Altos de la Estancia Forum Academy she was invited to enroll at Forum Academy. She decided to enroll at  Forum Academy because it was a great opportunity to continue studying even though it was a big challenge given the schedule …

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Larisa Castillo

Larisa is from Bajo Grande, Las Lomas community in the district of la Pintada, Cocle. She first met John Keffer and Janet Robinson when they were helping her community school by installing solar panels and setting up a computer lab. She was in Grade 8 when she was asked if she would be interested in …

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Juana Perez

Digital Learning During a Pandemic Former Forum Academy English professor Juana Perez tells us about her experience during this difficult and challenging year. Juana was born and raised in the community of Sofre, located in the district of Penonome, Cocle Province. Through many years of effort and sacrifice, she was able to obtain her bachelor’s …

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Maria Soto Martinez

Maria first heard about Forum Academy while attending her community school in Chiriqui Abajo. Her teachers spoke to her about a special school looking for exceptional students from communities located in the mountains of northern Cocle. These were students who already faced difficulties attending school and reaching graduation. When she first arrived at the academy, …

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Jacob Mendieta

FORMER FORUM ACADEMY STUDENT, AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP TO PARTICIPATE IN ROBOTICS AND STEAM OLYMPICS. Jacob Mendieta is the third former Forum Academy Student to receive a scholarship to participate in the National Robotics and STEAM Olympics 2020. He is currently finishing 11th grade at Colegio Angel Maria Herrera in Penonome.  His story begins in Buena Vista, …

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