PA Cyber Student-Athlete Profile: Calista Frederick-Jaskiewicz
So Calista—with the guidance of her mother, Cynde Frederick—began training in Taekwondo at Shipton’s American Taekwondo Association (ATA) in Seven Fields, PA.
Originally, they planned to try the discipline for a summer – just to see whether or not Calista enjoyed it and, and to see if she would reap the benefits they were hoping for. What started as simply an interesting training enhancement has turned into a passion, however, as Calista has been participating and competing in Taekwondo ever since.
Now 15, Calista—a standout student at PA Cyber School—is a nine-time state champion and has placed in the World Championship with the weapon nunchaku, more commonly known in the United States as “nuchucks.” She’s already a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo, and is training to test on October 13 for her third-degree black belt in the martial art, a feat which only a select number of martial artists ever attain.
“(PA Cyber) is a platform that’s useful as a springboard to a variety, a menu of places both sponsored by PA Cyber and otherwise,” Frederick explained.
A variety of activities is certainly what Calista has found through this educational option. In addition to ice dancing, which she continues to participate in at a high-level, Calista takes part in Carnegie Mellon University’s Children’s Extension, performs as a violist with the Three Rivers Youth Orchestra, and is a published author through the Davidson Young Scholar’s program.
Frederick is not hesitant to say that PA Cyber has played a large part in helping her daughter accomplish her goals.
“I think it’s a wonderful learning environment. As you form goals with your student, there is someone at PA Cyber who will help you to refine them and make it happen,” said Frederick.
Calista has been a PA Cyber student for all ten years of her formal education. This fall she’s taking college classes exclusively. She has already completed the high school curriculum and has 23 credits on the collegiate-level, as she started taking college classes at the age of 12. Frederick believes this is a testament to how much Calista learned in her greatly accelerated coursework through PA Cyber School.
With all of the skills and success that she’s already achieved, the future is a hot topic for the youngster.
“People ask her about what she wants to do all of the time,” said Frederick, “and she always answers that what she will do is probably not yet discovered.”
Both mother and daughter think it will be something related to science, technology, engineering or mathematics (known as STEM subjects), and Frederick added that Calista’s musical skills—specifically piano—will hopefully come into play as well.
“Maybe a happy marriage between music and engineering,” she said.