iLEAD Exploration Remains Open Virtually for Learners

iLEAD Exploration continues to operate its independent study model in an entirely virtual format.

Feb 1, 2021 @ 18:00

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8th Grade Promotion

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Congratulations to our promoting 8th grade learners! Help us celebrate these learners by watching this video acknowledging each learner’s hard work.

8th Grade Promotion Video

Math Intervention

Math Intervention

The beginning and end of the school year are common times for families to begin wondering if their learners need some intervention or extra support. If you are concerned by your learner’s end-of-year MAP scores or progress made this year, please speak with your EF about fun supports you can explore over the summer break. This presentation (PowerPoint here) from the school’s intervention coordinator explores the basics of math intervention. Look for more support and information to be rolled out at the start of next year.

MAP Testing – Finish Strong!

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We are on the home stretch for the end of the school year with this final week to finish strong! Congratulations to all our iLEAD learners who have completed their Growth MAP assessments in both subjects of math and reading. Be encouraged as you review your child’s MAP results, and consider this information as a tool to start your curriculum planning for the fall. Please speak with your EF and determine ways that you can best support your learner and identify areas of growth that you can celebrate!

May Webinars and Virtual Events

Fall Webinars

We hope that you will join us for our final webinars of the 2020-2021 school year. Please click the links below for all of the details on how to register:

5/18 at 11 a.m.: TK-3rd Grade Virtual Show and Tell

5/19 at 12 p.m.: Presentation by Jonathan Mooney: “Normal Sucks”

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May Webinars and Virtual Events

Fall Webinars

Mark your calendars for our upcoming May activities! Please click the links below for all of the details on how to register:

5/12 at 3 p.m.: Roundtable Discussion About Anxiety

5/13 at 1 p.m.: TK-2 Read Aloud “It Could Have Been Worse”

5/14 at 10 a.m.: Financing College

5/14 at 1 p.m.: End of the Year Bingo

5/18 at 11 a.m.: TK-3rd Grade Virtual Show and Tell

5/19 at 12 p.m.: Presentation by Jonathan Mooney: “Normal Sucks”

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25 Activities to Keep Kids’ Brains Active in Summer

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Here are some awesome summer activities and ideas that will keep your kids engaged this summer. Best of all, they are all really fun! Pick one that looks like a good fit or combine a few of them to create a season packed with learning.

  1. Fill in summer’s special days and events on a calendar. Help children use pencils, drawing paper, and rulers to create, decorate, and fill in their own summer calendars.
  2. Teach kids to cook and bake using recipes and cookbooks, including those from your family history and traditions.
  3. Make homemade bubble solutions and experiment with unique bubble blowing tools like strings, milk containers, and garbage can lids.
  4. Read aloud The Paper Crane by Molly Bang. Then introduce the art of paper folding by printing and following the instructions for how to make an origami crane.
  5. Go on a nature walk.
  6. Create musical instruments from materials found around the house.
  7. Cool down by making ice cream in a bag. The simple technique produces delicious ice cream in about five minutes.
  8. Read aloud your favorite myths or fairy tales. Discuss the stories with your child. Then invite your child to choose a story, and together make a diorama depicting a pivotal moment in the tale.
  9. Catch a firefly and then go online to learn more about fireflies or read a book about them.
  10. Have your child make an original tessellation.
  11. Staple together pieces of plain paper or use a notebook to help your child make a cartoon flip book. Have your children draw a sequence of cartoons and simulate motion as they “flip” through the pages.
  12. Learn about national parks from the comfort of your own home, and encourage your child to complete online activities and become a web ranger.
  13. Start a rock collection. Collect, gather, identify, and store neat rock specimens.
  14. Plan with your child a family activity day. Decide how much money to spend, and help your child research events and activities in your area and choose an affordable activity the whole family can enjoy.
  15. Take a virtual campus tour of colleges and universities your high school student might be considering.
  16. Ask your child to design an original paper airplane and diagram the steps for constructing it so another family member can recreate it!
  17. Start a family or neighborhood book club. Even a parent and child can form a book club by reading the same book and chatting about it.
  18. Hang a white sheet outside at night and shine a light on it. Observe the variety of insects it draws.
  19. Kids rarely have the opportunity to design their own rooms to best suit their individual needs. Invite your child to devote some thought to ways to improve his or her living space.
  20. Help your child make a set of tangrams. Trace the designs on a piece of paper, mix up the tangram pieces, and use them to create jigsaw puzzles.
  21. Create a clue-based scavenger hunt. Write clues and place them in envelopes, then give your child the first clue. As they open the clues, they are practicing their reading skills and ability to follow directions. At the end of the hunt, you can place a small surprise or a fun activity for your child to find.
  22. Turn your favorite book (story or chapter book) into a play. Write a script, have family members take different roles, and even create your own props and backdrops. Record or share it live with family and friends over Zoom.
  23. Turn plain white carnations or fresh-picked Queen Anne’s Lace into dramatic colored creations. Using just food coloring and water, flowers can be changed from white to any tint (usually in just one day).
  24. Invite your child to play a math game and record his or her scores on a sheet of paper. Choose a probability game, a timed flashcard activity, an online game from a site such as FunBrain, or another favorite math activity. Celebrate your child’s effort with a special treat.
  25. Put old wallpaper and magazine scraps to good use by using them to create recycled paper beads. This easy activity requires very few common materials and keeps kids very busy on rainy days. When they’re finished, children can string their beads and give them as gifts or wear them for fun.

This article was adapted from “25 Activities to Keep Kids’ Brains Active in Summer.”

Please visit their website to find links to support all the activities above.

ELPAC Testing

Test Prep

We are so proud of all our learners who completed the ELPAC Assessment! Our EL learners worked hard and did their best on all domains: speaking, reading, listening, and writing. Results will likely come in August and will be sent to families as soon as they are received.

6 Benefits of Raising Bilingual Children

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INCREASED COGNITIVE ABILITY – In a Time article, Jeffery Kluger says that babies are born with the inherent ability to speak and understand the world’s 6,800 languages. They continue to easily learn multiple languages up into early grammar school. Having gained these language abilities as babies and children, multilingual adults are better at reasoning, at multitasking, at grasping and reconciling conflicting ideas. They work faster and expend less energy doing so, and as they age, they retain their cognitive faculties longer, delaying the onset of dementia and even full-blown Alzheimer’s disease.

MORE FLEXIBLE BRAIN – The ability to balance two separate languages and alternate between the two when the situation dictates requires a certain degree of flexibility. Because bilinguals may acquire two languages in the time in which monolinguals acquire one, they quickly become more flexible learners.

INCREASED LISTENING SKILLS – As children begin to tune their hearing to learn unfamiliar sounds and words in the new language, their listening skills develop. It is somewhat similar to a musician having a trained ear for the sounds of the notes over time.

HIGHER MEMORY RETENTION – As children memorize new words, they are actually helping their brain to be better at memory work in the future. As the brain is stimulated with difficult, new challenges, this boosts the brain’s health, vitality, and increase in memory power.

INCREASED MARKETABILITY IN THE FUTURE WORKPLACE – A study from a Los Angeles-based recruiter found that almost 9 out of 10 headhunters in Europe, Latin America, and Asia reported that bilingual skills are critical for success in today’s business setting. In this increasingly global world, bilingualism carries many benefits. Furthermore, 66 percent of North American recruiters agreed that being bilingual will become increasingly important over the next 10 years.

BETTER PROBLEM-SOLVERS – Language is like a puzzle. Letters and sounds fit together to make words, and then words fit together to make sentences. By fitting the pieces together in a new language, children become naturally more adept at problem-solving abilities.

Adapted from “6 Benefits of Raising Bilingual Children.”

25 Activities to Keep Kids’ Brains Active in Summer

Summer Activities iLEAD Exploration

Here are some awesome summer activities and ideas that will keep your kids engaged this summer. Best of all, they are all really fun! Pick one that looks like a good fit or combine a few of them to create a season packed with learning.

  1. Fill in summer’s special days and events on a calendar. Help children use pencils, drawing paper, and rulers to create, decorate, and fill in their own summer calendars.
  2. Teach kids to cook and bake using recipes and cookbooks, including those from your family history and traditions.
  3. Make homemade bubble solutions and experiment with unique bubble blowing tools like strings, milk containers, and garbage can lids.
  4. Read aloud The Paper Crane by Molly Bang. Then introduce the art of paper folding by printing and following the instructions for how to make an origami crane.
  5. Go on a nature walk.
  6. Create musical instruments from materials found around the house.
  7. Cool down by making ice cream in a bag. The simple technique produces delicious ice cream in about five minutes.
  8. Read aloud your favorite myths or fairy tales. Discuss the stories with your child. Then invite your child to choose a story, and together make a diorama depicting a pivotal moment in the tale.
  9. Catch a firefly and then go online to learn more about fireflies or read a book about them.
  10. Have your child make an original tessellation.
  11. Staple together pieces of plain paper or use a notebook to help your child make a cartoon flip book. Have your children draw a sequence of cartoons and simulate motion as they “flip” through the pages.
  12. Learn about national parks from the comfort of your own home, and encourage your child to complete online activities and become a web ranger.
  13. Start a rock collection. Collect, gather, identify, and store neat rock specimens.
  14. Plan with your child a family activity day. Decide how much money to spend, and help your child research events and activities in your area and choose an affordable activity the whole family can enjoy.
  15. Take a virtual campus tour of colleges and universities your high school student might be considering.
  16. Ask your child to design an original paper airplane and diagram the steps for constructing it so another family member can recreate it!
  17. Start a family or neighborhood book club. Even a parent and child can form a book club by reading the same book and chatting about it.
  18. Hang a white sheet outside at night and shine a light on it. Observe the variety of insects it draws.
  19. Kids rarely have the opportunity to design their own rooms to best suit their individual needs. Invite your child to devote some thought to ways to improve his or her living space.
  20. Help your child make a set of tangrams. Trace the designs on a piece of paper, mix up the tangram pieces, and use them to create jigsaw puzzles.
  21. Create a clue-based scavenger hunt. Write clues and place them in envelopes, then give your child the first clue. As they open the clues, they are practicing their reading skills and ability to follow directions. At the end of the hunt, you can place a small surprise or a fun activity for your child to find.
  22. Turn your favorite book (story or chapter book) into a play. Write a script, have family members take different roles, and even create your own props and backdrops. Record or share it live with family and friends over Zoom.
  23. Turn plain white carnations or fresh-picked Queen Anne’s Lace into dramatic colored creations. Using just food coloring and water, flowers can be changed from white to any tint (usually in just one day).
  24. Invite your child to play a math game and record his or her scores on a sheet of paper. Choose a probability game, a timed flashcard activity, an online game from a site such as FunBrain, or another favorite math activity. Celebrate your child’s effort with a special treat.
  25. Put old wallpaper and magazine scraps to good use by using them to create recycled paper beads. This easy activity requires very few common materials and keeps kids very busy on rainy days. When they’re finished, children can string their beads and give them as gifts or wear them for fun.

This article was adapted from “25 Activities to Keep Kids’ Brains Active in Summer.”

Please visit their website to find links to support all the activities above.

May Webinars and Virtual Events

Fall Webinars

Mark your calendars for our upcoming May activities! Please click the links below for all of the details on how to register:

5/12 at 3 p.m.: Roundtable Discussion About Anxiety

5/13 at 1 p.m.: TK-2 Read Aloud “It Could Have Been Worse”

5/14 at 10 a.m.: Financing College

5/14 at 1 p.m.: End of the Year Bingo

5/18 at 11 a.m.: TK-3rd Grade Virtual Show and Tell

5/19 at 12 p.m.: Presentation by Jonathan Mooney “Normal Sucks”

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Spring Webinars and Virtual Events

Fall Webinars

We are springing into the season with more great webinars and field study opportunities just for you! Please take a look at the fliers below for all of the upcoming events in April:

4/20 at 11 a.m.: TK-3 Show and Tell

4/21 at 12 p.m.: How to Create a Dinner Club

4/23 at 10 a.m.: Unique Learner Experiences at Exploration

4/23 at 1 p.m.: Earth Day STEM Activity

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SLO of the Month: Grit

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The Schoolwide Learner Outcome (SLO) for April is grit. Grit is defined as “having courage and resolve; strength of character.” A person with grit works hard, has passion and not only sets goals, but follows through. Grit is important because it is a driver of achievement and success, regardless of what talent and intelligence contribute. To truly accomplish goals and thrive, we need the ability to persevere. Without grit, talent may be nothing more than unmet potential. To find out your level of grit, click here.

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Spring Webinars and Virtual Events

Fall Webinars

We are springing into the season with more great webinars and field study opportunities just for you! Please take a look at the fliers below for all of the upcoming events in April:

4/13 at 10 a.m.: Steven Quartly Art Studio Tour

4/14 at 12 p.m.: Learn How to Create Digital Portfolios

4/20 at 11 a.m.: TK-3 Show and Tell

4/21 at 12 p.m.: How to Create a Family Dinner Club

4/23 at 10 a.m.: Unique Learner Experiences at Exploration

4/23 at 1 p.m.: Earth Day STEM Activity

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Learner University

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Learner University is offering small-group lessons to learners struggling in language arts and math. They will provide everything learners need during the sessions. Each session will have two parts to support the learner:

Part 1: Learners will be taught a specific concept from one of our wonderful educational facilitators. Homework will be emailed after the session.

Part 2: Learners will bring completed homework to review with the educational facilitator and have additional practice.

Please see the flier below for specific topics and details on how to register.

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Spring Webinars and Virtual Events

Fall Webinars

We are springing into the season with more great webinars and field study opportunities just for you! Please take a look at the fliers below for all of the events coming up in April:

4/13 at 10 a.m.: Steven Quartly Art Studio Tour

4/14 at 12 p.m.: Learn How to Create Digital Portfolios

4/20 at 11 a.m.: TK-3 Show and Tell

4/21 at 12 p.m.: How to Create a Family Dinner Club

4/23 at 10 a.m.: Unique Learner Experiences at Exploration

4/23 at 1 p.m.: Earth Day STEM Activity

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Learner Spotlight: Sebastian Buckhalter

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Energetic. Curious. Athletic.

iLEAD Exploration 6th grader Sebastian Buckhalter encompasses all that is wonderful about homeschooling. This is his second year with iLEAD Exploration, and he has been enjoying the flexibility to learn, explore, and follow his passions.

Sebastian has been a dedicated ice hockey player since the very early age of two. His family decided to look into alternative education options that would allow him the freedom to find a healthy and sustainable balance between hockey and his education.

Although most children are naturally curious about the world they live in, Sebastian takes it a step further. He loves project-based learning and dives into concepts. Sebastian’s curiosity has driven him to a love of science and, in particular, marine biology. He hopes to one day become a marine biologist. It is not uncommon for him to show up to learning period meetings with huge displays, dioramas, field trip pictures, experiments, and projects. Always eager to learn something new, Sebastian explores his creative side through art and music as well.

A bonus to homeschooling is that Sebastian and his family explore and adventure together!

Preparing Learners for the Future

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The article “Using Motivation Sources to Guide Students to Their Ideal Careers” reminds educators (homeschooling families!) that we are preparing learners for their future, a future we can’t really imagine, with jobs that do not even exist today.

Here are some important takeaways from this great online article:

Technology is the way of the future, and we need to give our children skills to embrace technology. Some of these skills include the following:

  • Mental Elasticity: Thinking outside the box
  • Complex Problem-Solving: Thinking about complicated problems and coming up with innovative solutions
  • Critical Thinking: Synthesizing information from several sources and drawing meaningful conclusions
  • Creativity: Thinking abstractly, coming up with new ideas, diagnosing and solving problems
  • People Skills: Connecting with people everywhere, all over the world
  • Interdisciplinary Knowledge: Being able to pull information and skill sets from multiple sources

Inspirational Quotes to Share with Your Learners

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” — Abraham Lincoln

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” — A.A. Milne

“Learn from yesterday. Live for today. Hope for tomorrow.” – Albert Einstein

Learner Spotlight: Juan Munoz “Jr.”

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What is your favorite saying in your native language?

My favorite saying is “Que si” because it’s very funny when I say it to my dad when I play around.

What is a family tradition that you enjoy?

Every year in December, we go to this place called Candy Cane Lane. We go with the family to see the lights and walk while we’re drinking hot chocolate.

What career would you like to have?

I would like to have a job making video games or toys.

What is your favorite subject?

I like science because you can see cool reactions and experiments.

Has being multilingual allowed you any special opportunities?

No, I don’t think so. I get treated the same as others.

What is your favorite hobby?

My favorite hobby is to build Legos, look at science experiments on YouTube, and puzzles.

What advice would you give to someone trying to learn a new language?

There’s help everywhere. It will get hard, but it will get better. Don’t worry—you’ll get it.

How long have you been homeschooling?

Almost a year.

What do you like about homeschooling?

I get to stay at home and be comfortable. And I like the classes given to me because I like the kids in my class.

Learner Spotlight: Olivia Edwards

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iLEAD Exploration kindergartener Olivia Edwards lights up a room with her smile and enthusiasm about her studies. She really does embody optimism, and her family loves to make learning fun, engaging, and memorable.

Two years ago, Olivia’s family became interested in homeschooling because it would allow them to spend more time as a family. They appreciate the flexibility it gives their days, the outside time it allows, and the ability to focus on their kids’ strengths.

Olivia is always so eager to learn! She is constantly asking questions and is proactive about learning the new things presented to her in creative ways, such as memorizing songs to help her learn states and capitals, repeating chants to memorize parts of the body, and adding hand movements to help her remember key information about her studies. Olivia is a great collaborative learner! She loves to synergize within her homeschool group and really enjoys working with others. Her extroverted nature goes perfectly with this month’s focus.

Olivia is not only eager to learn; she is genuinely excited about it! She is optimistic about everything and excited to share all that she has learned with such passion and joy. She always has a good attitude about her coursework and is having so much fun learning! Olivia is such a curious learner! She is always wanting to learn more. She engages in everything with a sense of excitement and wonder. She loves to ask questions and search for answers.

Olivia has many hobbies and interests. She loves drawing, making up stories, playing with her American Girl doll, reading, and painting. She also enjoys riding her bike and swimming and is looking forward to playing basketball and swimming more this summer.

ASB Game Day!

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ASB is hosting an Online Game Event for all iLEAD High school learners on Friday, February 26 at 1:00 pm. We will be playing Pictionary, Among Us, and Scattergories. Hope you can join us! To RSVP click HERE.

Ongoing Club Updates

High School Clubs iLEAD Exploration

The Gaming Club is a place for gamers to hang out and have good times. We have tournaments, tips and tricks for some of your favorite games, and a community of chill gamers to play with. You can squad up with players in your favorite games and have calls with other members at any time. Join our club to join in on the fun! We meet a few times a month. –Ezra, Gaming Club President
The Creative Writing Club is officially meeting every month! Our first meeting was at the end of January and our next meeting will be February 26th at 11 am. We are going to be using prompts to write before each meeting. We choose the prompts based on what we want to write about and discuss, and are always open to recommendations on how the club can improve! We hope you will join us! –Maia, Creative Writing Club PresidentTo join one or both clubs, RSVP here.

High School Spotlight: Amy Baldwin

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Hey, I’m an Aussie who moved to Los Angeles almost 5 years ago as my brother is an actor and musician.

I have always loved sports. At one time, I was even pursuing professional soccer but, I didn’t really have the passion for it. However, about a year and a half ago, I decided on a career in stunts. My brother and most of my friends are actors, and while I’ve never had any interest in acting, stunts are something that fill me with so much excitement. I knew right away that stunts and I were a perfect match.

So for the past eighteen months, I have been studying taekwondo, wushu, trapeze, silks, sword-fighting, bo staff spinning, parkour, and tricking. I have made some great relationships with stunt coordinators and met people that are featured in the Avengers, Wonder Woman, Birds of Prey movies, and many more. The one thing they all tell me is, “You are so lucky to start so young.”

Being a student of iLEAD Exploration has allowed me to work all these lessons into my existing academic curriculum to be able to train with industry professionals on their timetables. I’ve found it’s been a great balance to do a couple of hours of physical work and then a couple of hours at my desk. I am so very grateful to iLEAD that it has allowed me to dedicate many hours to my career, giving me a head start in a competitive and physical industry.

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The high school team at iLEAD is so proud of you, Amy, and we look forward to seeing you and your awesome moves on the big screen someday!

Learner Spotlight: Fiona Zoss

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When 3rd grade iLEAD Exploration learner Fiona Zoss first started reading, it was tough for her to finish one chapter of a book. Since then, she has developed a love for reading and reads every moment she can. She recently wrote her favorite author, Ellen Miles, who penned The Puppy Place series. Surprisingly, Ms. Miles sent a lovely card and wrote her encouraging words to continue with her love of reading. Fiona definitely took Ms. Miles’ advice and is currently reading an average of four books per day.

Fiona’s other passion is dance. Due to the pandemic, she hasn’t been able to train in the studio, but she has embraced other ways to stay inspired and continue doing what she loves. Despite all the changes, Fiona remains optimistic and is currently preparing for her first solo. Dance gives Fiona joy, and it gives those around her joy to watch her perform and grow her talent.

Every month Fiona sets goals and achieves them, whether mastering Stack the States, preparing for a virtual spelling bee, conducting a new science experiment, or just trying something new. She is a joyful example of a thriving 3rd grader.

Fiona and her family enjoy traveling, and although they haven’t been able to go very far lately, this past month Fiona went on a little field trip to tour Fox Studios. She learned a lot about the history of the Fox Lot and got to see some of the studio’s cool sets. She also enjoys hiking several times per week. Fiona is a talented artist and incorporates art projects into most of her units of study.

Overall, Fiona has had a successful first year of homeschooling!

Learner Spotlight: Ethan Datt

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Have you ever met a ninja warrior who is also a dodgeball champion? Well, look no further: We would like you to meet iLEAD Exploration learner Ethan Datt!

Ethan, age 10, has been homeschooling for four years now. His family decided to homeschool so that their children would have an education based on the values of their family. They wanted to put an emphasis on leadership, growth mindset, finance, morals, and values. They also wanted their children to get the attention they needed while providing an individualized learning environment.

Ethan does his best to be proactive by making sure he completes work ahead of schedule. He is a positive and fun person to be around. He shows optimism daily in various tasks and as he communicates with others. Ethan shows his optimism for his future by always talking about the life he will live as an adult. He aspires to own a gas station “because people will always need gas” and so his business will thrive. He also plans to be married and have a family.

Ethan loves to boogie board at the beach, skateboard and travel. Last year he won Jr. American Ninja Warrior for the city of Santa Clarita. He was also featured in the Santa Clarita Valley Signal newspaper for his donations to the children in the ER. A fun fact about the Datt family is they have won two first-place trophies from the Canyon Country Recreation Center for family dodgeball.

Ethan enjoys entertaining family and friends with his sense of humor. He is extremely confident and can make friends anywhere he goes. He is certainly the light in any room.

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