1st Place: Wiley Skaret

HSLDA Online Academy had the opportunity to talk with Wiley over the phone recently to ask him about his plans for college, his charity (James 1), and his traveling piano. Before you read about his plans, you can watch his video submission below and read his essay here

Wiley has really enjoyed his homeschooling experience, which allowed him the flexibility to pursue his piano education and passion. After winning a piano competition where he performed Scriabin's 5th Sonata and had thrown himeself headlong into preparation, he asked himself why he worked so hard. 

A found a Steve Jobs quote, "The journey is hte reward," which allowed Wiley t discover that the competitions weren't about winning, but about how much better he became because of working so hard. This gave birth to his desire to unite his piano playing to social causes. 

For his charity, they are working on forming scholarship committees in both the US and Colombia, where they will choose the recipients. 

This fall, Wiley will be attending Stanford University because he wants to learn at a place where people are smarter than him. He wants to work in the financial sector after graduating, because he learned in HSLDA Online Academy AP Microeconomics and AP Macroecomonics courses that lives are bettered in the free market system because everyone has a right to freedom. He connects and passion for studying about the free market with his piano skills by saying that both business and art are really serving people, just in different ways.

Wiley left this for students at HSLDA Online Academy and everyone else: if you see a problem, start taking the steps t fix it. Be willing to take the extra step, find a team, and work together to make it happen. In Colombia, he saw that the families of slain police officers were being left behind, so he decided to do something about it. He started James 1 because he's an entrepreneur, and just wants to help and serve others.

Congratulations, Wiley! The Academy is looking forward to seeing who else you help in college and beyond!