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Homeschooling For The Olympics

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"I wake up around 9:00-9:30 AM...depending on when my workout is or school. I'll either go to gym or do school," said Quest Hayden.

On this day, Quest Hayden's schedule is jam packed. It begins with signing a gymnastics scholarship to attend Penn State.   

"Congratulations Son, you are now a Nittany Lion," said Dennis Hayden.

Following the signing, Quest made his way to the kitchen or should I say classroom. "Alright Quest, what chapter are we on," asked Candice Kobert.

And so it begins.
No school bell.
No book bag.
No chalk board.
Just teacher and

"I also want you to show me a brain," said Kobert. "Show me where the nerve is, so study this diagram too."

Two years ago, the Hayden family decided that home school was the best way for Quest to go if he fully wanted to pursue his Olympic Dream. "I've always had it in my mind to do home school," said Quest.  "You get more training hours and you can focus your mind and mental energy on just on gymnastics. When you have time to do your home school you can get it done out of the way and then go toward gymnastics."

"Homeschool just opened the door for us," said Quest's Dad, Dennis. It allowed us to train 25-36 hours per week. The average person works out 15-20 hours.
I would rather he go to public school so he could experience the social interaction. But it wasn't to be. It wasn't something we could do."

More than one-point-five million students in the U-S are home schooled. For Quest and his tutor, Candice, it's definitely a team effort. "I think home school in ways is harder than public school because you have to use a lot of self motivation to get the work done," said Kobert. "It's easy to go turn on TV or kind of put off the work. You really have to buckle down and be determined to get it done."

The extra training in the gym that home school allows is really paying off. This past summer, Quest made the U.S. Junior Elite National Team. He's now focused on making the 2016 U.S. Olympic team in Rio.

"I want to make 2016, but I have alot of time," said Quest. "I can make 2016..I can do 2020. I always have a goal that I'm striving for and I'm always going to keep moving forward and I'm always going to live in the present."

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