Senior Spotlight~ CPDLF Class of 2020 Valedictorian Madison Ford


Madison Ford

CPDLF Class of 2020



Madison Ford  is the CPDLF class of 2020 valedictorian and has been with CPDLF for the past two years. She is the daughter of Cathy and Mark Ford from Altoona, PA. In the Fall, Madison will attend Juniata College to pursue a career in the medical field.

Why do you think a cyber option was best for you?


It allows me to work at my own pace (and work ahead of the class). It allows me to travel and to focus on my dreams and aspirations, along with my schooling.


How was your learning guide beneficial to your success at CPDLF?

My learning guide, Ms. Dikum. helped me to prepare my college applications and helped me with any problems that occurred during the school year. She always reaches out to make sure everything is going good and to see if I need any help. She has helped me through discussions about my future and about what college life might be like for me.

If you could talk about a misconception about cyber school what would it be?


I think a lot of people in public school believe that people who switch over to cyber school are lazy or are looking for an easy way out, however cyber requires a lot of self-discipline and time management. You have to be able to teach yourself, work alone on most tasks, and push yourself to be on pace. You essentially get to make your own schedule, which can be very difficult for some people.


Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience at CPDLF?


CPDLF has been a great way for me to get an education and do a lot of things I want to do (like travel). Being able to work on the road has allowed me to travel to many places that are new to me. In fact, last year I traveled to around 18 states on a cross-country road trip that my family was originally unable to do (because I was originally in public school). CPDLF  has allowed me to work at my own pace and focus on what makes me truly happy. I have also been able to spend much more time with my family, which is such a blessing.”