Robert McClaine Collins (Mac) Roy is a 19-year-old graduate of Pearson Online Academy. Mac hails from Clute, Texas, just outside of Austin. Now a sophomore at Michigan State University, Mac is a Kinesiology major and a nationally ranked member of the men’s varsity tennis team.
Mac started playing tennis when he was just four years old, and his younger brother, King, followed in his footsteps. Both boys showed an almost immediate natural talent for the game and soon began spending hours on the court and competing in local tournaments.
At that time, both boys were attending their local school, but as they got older and started spending more time practicing, competing, and traveling to tournaments, it became harder and harder to juggle tennis and schoolwork. Seeking a school solution that would deliver a quality education with a flexible schedule, the boys’ parents enrolled Mac and his brother in Texas Connections Academy @ Houston (TCAH), the statewide virtual public school. Mac and his brother thrived in the virtual school. But as Mac started to move up in the national junior rankings, his travel really took off. He was away from home for weeks at a time, typically competing in two tournaments a month. Needing even more scheduling flexibility but still wanting to benefit from the rigorous Connections Academy curriculum, Mac enrolled in Pearson Online Academy.
At Pearson Online Academy, Mac grew to be a self-reliant and responsible student, fully prepared for college. He explains, “No one was reminding me to do my work every day. I was always traveling and had to stay on top of my daily tasks. That has helped me now that I’m in college.” He also continued to rack up tennis wins, placing second in the nation in the Boys 14’s, finishing six times in the Texas top five, and making the Orange Bowl quarterfinals twice.
In his senior year at Pearson Online Academy, Mac was recruited by multiple universities around the country to play Division I tennis. On the basis of both his tennis abilities and academic record at Pearson Online Academy—the latter combining his rigorous studies and good grades—Mac was offered substantial scholarship packages, as well. Ultimately, Mac chose Michigan State. Today, he plays varsity tennis for the Spartans.
After college, Mac hopes to own a gym. But wherever life takes him, Mac will bring with him the lessons about hard work and self-reliance he learned on the court—and off, at Pearson Online Academy.
At Pearson Online Academy, no one was reminding me to do my work every day. I was always traveling and had to stay on top of my daily tasks. That has helped me now that I’m in college.