Brianna Mikeska of First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach, on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. (L. Todd Spencer | The Virginian-Pilot)

MilitaryOneClick was just contacted to let us know, “I wanted you to all to be the first to know….I just received word that Brianna Mikeska has been declared eligible to participate in extra-curricular activities. Thanks to each of you for taking the time to sign and comment on the petition. This story made the local evening news,the front page of our local paper, the editorial page , and a local columnist. These grassroot efforts really do make a difference. On behalf of Brianna Mikeska and her family…we THANK YOU! ~Christy

We are so thrilled to hear this news and thank you for helping us spread the word.  This is why we do what we do – makes our hearts smile! ~ Jen/MilitaryOneClick Founder

Full story below:

A few weeks ago we introduced you to a high school senior Brianna Mikeska, military child whose parents are currently now stationed in Japan. Here is a recap courtesy of change.org and Christy McNally and the Mikeska Family.

The Virginia High School League denied the child of a military serviceman at First Colonial High School the right to participate in student activities. This student attended FC for over two years participating in cheerleading, gymnastics, and the Legal Studies program when the family was transfered to Japan. Less than a year later, the family made the difficult decision to allow their child to complete her education back at First Colonial where she could graduate with an advanced degree. This would not be possible if she stayed in Japan. This student falls under the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. Had her father not been in the military this would not be an issue. The 365 penalty denies her the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities her senior year of high school. The Beach District supported the student and requested immediate eligibility. The VHSL denied it stating that an undue hardship was not identified. Are you kidding me? Is this how the VHSL wants to thank this family for their service? Please sign the petition requesting that the decision be reversed. PLEASE help BRIANNA MIKESKA and request that she not be penalized because she is a military kid and that she be allowed to have the same opportunities as all the other students in the school. Thank you!!!!!

Please click here and sign:

http://www.change.org/petitions/allow-a-military-child-to-participate-in-extra-curricular-activities?utm_source=supporter_message&utm_medium=emai

Updated Article on pilotonline.com: http://hamptonroads.com/2012/10/because-rule-military-daughter-has-sit-out?utm_source=supporter_message&utm_medium=email

Our last post:

http://www.militaryoneclick.com/military-teen-denied-hs-cheer-team-because-dad-is-deployed-overseas-help-us-fight-this/

We will keep you updated on this important issue. Please feel free to also add your message of support.   Thanks ~ Jen

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