Braeden (Brady) Bakken is a high school student at International Connections Academy (iNaCA). From his home in Boone, North Carolina, Braeden is able to successfully work at a pace that suits him while being in remission. Learn more about Braeden’s experience with attending iNaCA.
In 2011, Braeden was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer – Burkitt’s Lymphoma. He underwent nine months of aggressive chemotherapy, leaving him with a compromised immune system. The Bakken family then began searching for an alternative education option that would provide a flexible schedule and germ free environment for all of their children. Tiffany Bakken, Braden’s mother, says, “It wouldn’t make sense for the family to send his older and younger siblings to public school, as they would still come home with the germs we were trying to avoid for Braeden.”
Braeden often struggled with distractions and minimal attention at his local bricks-and-mortar school. Now at iNaCA, Braeden and his siblings, Marshall and Peyton, get much more individualized and effective attention from their teachers. “In the traditional public school, the focus was not on individual progress, so it limited Brady’s development. We have been very happy with the rapport Brady has achieved with his teachers. He has contact with them daily, and participates more in class than he did in his public school,” says Tiffany. His favorite subjects are math and English.
In his free time, Braeden loves to play basketball and football with his friends and family. He enjoys all sports, especially Nascar and the NFL, and often goes to sporting events with his local friends. He also likes to communicate with his friends from out of town via Skype, e-mail, and text.
Braeden and Marshall are both currently taking advantage of the dual diploma program that iNaCA offers. Once Braeden graduates from iNaCA, he plans to attend college and earn a degree in engineering. He has always enjoyed building things and aspires to one day be an engineer for an auto manufacturer or Nascar.
I love iNaCA because I can take time on subjects if I need more time, plus I have the flexibility to spend time with family and friends. My favorite thing is the teachers, plus we can go to Disney World when it’s not crowded.