2020 Boatschool Graduate
|Hailey Jaye Shanafelt|
Noeta Academy Graduate, Valedictorian and Senior Class President
|Hailey's well-earned Noeta Academy Diploma.|
(lots of websites make them, this one is from Academic Excellence)
|Super small surprise graduation with the crews of SV Totem and SV Pulsar|
|This is a wooden sailboat at the La Cruz marina.|
Hailey was asked to design artwork for it.
She hasn't had the opportunity to paint this on the boat yet,
but this is a representation of what it will look like when she does.
|Hailey was a guest speaker at a 2020 Women Who Sail|
event where she shared a teenager's perspective about the boat life.
|Hailey helped decorate and design a Day of the Dead altar in La Cruz.|
She then did research about the holiday, wrote a speech and delivered it to cruisers and locals.
|Hailey as Primary Net Controller for the Kids' Net in Banderas Bay.|
|First time voter - from Mexico!|
|Learned how to paint - using a fish!|
Thanks to Mike at PV Sailing!
|Helped some sea turtles get to the ocean!|
Came back again to help rebuild and maintain the turtle rescue.
|We will miss Hailey - But we are so excited for her!|
Advice for fellow boat schoolers whose kids may be college bound:
Read and Write often. If they can do this, they will benefit in every content area. However this was a tough one since my kids don't love either of these. But we made it creative and real as often as we could. My kids blogged a little, wrote letters about the cultures we saw and read and wrote opinion pieces for potential newspapers about current events. Last year we did find other teens and started a teen book club, meeting monthly on different boats. It was a fabulous way to get the kids to read and have excellent discussions. We are even doing a summer session on Zoom even though we're scattered all over the place.
Relax. Teenage years are hard enough on everyone in the family. Be patient with each other and don't sweat the small stuff. Boat kids learn such amazing things about life and people. One of the prompts for Hailey's college essay was 'Explain how you have participated in the community and honored diversity.' She wrote a fabulous essay, all about volunteering in the local and cruising community and the unique perspective she has regarding diversity. She read it out loud to me and was amazed to see, all in one place, all that she had accomplished. Boat kids are perseverant, observant, patient, empathetic and open minded - these are things you just can't learn from a text book.
Read more articles about schooling on Noeta HERE.