Andy Walken, a sixth-grade student with International Virtual Learning Academy (IVLA), will be starring in Fox’s “A Christmas Story” this Sunday, December 17 at 7pm EST. Sharing the screen with Maya Rudolph, Andy will be portraying Ralphie, the boy whose only dream is to get a Red Ryder Range Model Carbine Action BB Gun for Christmas in this live musical event narrated by Matthew Broderick.
Though Andy was surprised to be cast in the role (click here to see the sweet moment for yourself), he is not new to working with a camera crew. His previous credits include playing a young Nicholas Mallard on NCIS in 2015, “young Bill” in the Netflix production of “The Most Hated Woman in America” in 2017, and Charlie in Hallmark’s “Escaping Dad,” also in 2017.
Oh, and he also trains as a competitive figure skater!
How does one kiddo do so much, you might ask? Attending online school with IVLA is an important part of the picture. IVLA allows him the flexibility to build his schedule to accommodate his other wonderful pursuits without sacrificing academics. Having access to his coursework wherever he has internet means he can work on his classes while on set. Because courses are student-paced, he can work ahead on days when his acting schedule is not as demanding. Though he works through his online classes on his own, he is not alone! Each class is supported by a certified teacher who grades his work and answers any questions he may have. His mentor is aware of his endeavors and monitors his progress accordingly.
Andy, your IVLA family wishes you all the best on Sunday! Break a leg . . . but don’t shoot your eye out! J
International Virtual Learning Academy (IVLA) is a fully accredited private online school serving students grades K-12 in the United States and internationally. IVLA offers rigorous high school programs from which students can earn one of five diploma types. Each course is supported by a certified teacher and each student is supported by a mentor. An NCAA approved school, IVLA is the choice for many student-athletes. Unlike other online schools, parents can choose the online curriculum that is best for their student.