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Mesa student, 11, excelling at ASU Prep Digital

Childhood injury had ‘made for an unsure and unpredictable future’

Posted 9/16/21

Mesa resident Jayeden Valbrun began the sixth grade a few months ago at Arizona State University Prep Digital online K-12 school.

He has expressed interest in accelerating his learning by taking …

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Mesa student, 11, excelling at ASU Prep Digital

Childhood injury had ‘made for an unsure and unpredictable future’

Jayeden Valbrun, far right, with his family.
Jayeden Valbrun, far right, with his family.
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Mesa resident Jayeden Valbrun began the sixth grade a few months ago at Arizona State University Prep Digital online K-12 school.

He has expressed interest in accelerating his learning by taking college courses once he enters high school, which is ambitious for a student that just turned 11, according to a release.

Sarah Newsom has been working with Valbrun as his learning success coach since he began at ASU Prep Digital and she spoke with high regard for his potential and determination to learn.

“Jayeden’s mind and its ability to branch out and not only excel, but thrive, in so many different areas and skills is remarkable,” Newsom said in the release. “Remarkable is actually an understatement. It is more phenomenal because at a very young age Jayeden suffered a traumatic brain injury, a brain injury that made for an unsure and unpredictable future.”

With ASU Prep Digital’s self-paced structure, Valbrun can begin taking collegiate courses during high school, which he said was a major factor in choosing the school.

After the COVID-19 pandemic sent Valbrun and his siblings to online school in 2020, he and his parents researched alternative options.

Valbrun mentioned that he did research on the quality of education at ASU Prep Digital and he ultimately made the decision, along with his parents, to transfer from his former school in order to pursue collegiate level courses as soon as possible, as well as his unique variety of hobbies and interests.

He is passionate about aviation and engineering and his current goal is to become an engineer pilot.

“When I was in coding class, I made an app. I put like a smiley face on the app, but it was JavaScript, so it was pretty hard,” Valbrun said in the release.

Whether Valbrun is spending time with his father working on his car, developing an app for his mother’s business, gardening or playing football, Valbrun uses his free time exploring and creating his different interests.

Learn more about ASU Prep Digital at asuprepdigital.org.

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