Graduating Senior Akiwele Burayidi

Congratulations Akiwele Burayidi!!!

Graduating Senior and UW Madison Scholarship Recipient


Akiwele began dancing as a young child and has been a part of the Valley Academy family since 2010.  Aki is committed to the discipline of ballet and spends no fewer than 15 hours a week in our studio.  She has spent several summers participating in many intensive programs to further her dance education – most recently with the San Francisco dance conservatory.  Outside the classroom, Aki devotes her time to youth symphony, the Forensic team, private dance instruction through Lawrence University, National Honor Society, and several community service projects within the Fox Valley.  She has received numerous awards to fund her dance education throughout the past several years and is a two-time scholarship winner with the Wisconsin Dance Council. Akiwele maintains a rigorous academic schedule and will be graduating with highest academic merits from Oshkosh North High School on Sunday, June 3rd.  

Akiwele’s academit merits, community involvement and extracurricular activities are the direct result of relentless determination.  The University of Wisconsin- Madison has offered Aki a full-ride merit scholarship which covers tuition, fees, room and board for four years of undergraduate study.  This fall, Aki will begin a new chapter in her life in Madison – double majoring in Dance and Pre-Physical Therapy Kinesiology.

Akiwele Burayidi is the daughter of Jelka Cucuz.


Congratulations to Akiwele for her outstanding achievements.



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Photography credit:  Che Correa Photography