In preparation for its launch as the 17th school in the “A”-rated Litchfield Elementary School District, the Digital Learning Academy launched its school nickname, the Trail Blazers.

The mascot, an adventuresome dune buggy, will symbolize the innovative and creative students who are forging new paths in the online school that will serve kindergarten through eighth graders with live teaching lessons. 

Principal Marlene Capristo enlisted support on this important project to create an engaging school identity. Digital Learning Academy students, families and teachers participated in an electronic survey to vote on school nicknames.

DLR Group, an architecture and engineering firm, donated its services to design the energetic dune buggy. 

“I’m grateful to DLR Group for creating a fun and unique mascot that will engage students to blaze their own trail as they pursue excellence at school and in life,” Capristo said. “Our Trail Blazers are driven and enthusiastic about their education. The dune buggy is an active and confident symbol of the independence that we value at Litchfield’s Digital Learning Academy.”

Fifth grade teacher Karen Terry added, “We are digital, not distant. We will use this fun mascot to drive school spirit and sense of connection within our school family. Our Trail Blazers will love incorporating the dune buggy into their events and activities.”  

Online registration for the Digital Learning Academy and all of Litchfield’s schools is available at The open enrollment application is available to Arizona students.