Oklahoma School for the Deaf cheerleader first to make All-State team

Young man holds best jumps pennant

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma School for the Deaf senior Keith Montrell Adams from Tulsa is the first OSD student ever selected for Oklahoma’s All State Cheerleading Team.

Oklahoma Coaches Association Executive Director Milt Bassett confirmed Adams’ groundbreaking accomplishment.

“We were tickled when we saw Montrell Adams was selected,” Bassett said. “The Oklahoma Coaches Association stands for athletics, and this just goes to show that anybody who is a top athlete can achieve something great, regardless of their disability.”

22 students tested their cane skills at School for the Blind’s Cane Quest

A young girl walking with a white cane while woman walks behind her evaluating her techniques

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Twenty-two students participate in the Oklahoma School for the Blind’s third Oklahoma Regional Cane Quest on Dec. 10 in Muskogee.

The unique Cane Quest competition gives students who are blind and visually impaired an opportunity to test their white canes, usually used to help them travel efficiently, as a tool to earn points and win prizes.

School for the Deaf’s Buddy Bench fosters friendship, inclusion

Eight elementary-age children stand behind a wooden and pipe bench with the words "Buddy Bench"

SULPHUR, Okla. – Elementary students at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf are fostering friendship during recess with a happy place for students who feel lonely or want a friend. They call that place the Buddy Bench.

OSD Director of Student Assessment Traci Prince was motivated to act after watching a news story about Christian Bucks, a first-grader from Roundtown, Pennsylvania. Buck originated the Buddy Bench idea at his school after seeing photos online of a German version.

His idea caught on in the U.S., spread to other schools and was picked up by the national news.

School for the Blind students test adventure skills at U.S. Space & Rocket Center training

Young man wears helmet and rock climbing harness

OKLAHOMA CITY – From repelling a 50’ rock wall to SCUBA training that simulates weightlessness in space, Oklahoma School for the Blind senior Logan McCoy and junior Will Carney put their adventure skills to the test at Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students.

McCoy’s hometown is Tecumseh, while Carney is from Muldrow.

OSB is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

McCoy and Carney met 200 students from all over the U.S., Ireland, Canada and Australia at the week-long camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

The Oklahoma teens fit right in.

“I really enjoyed camp – thought it was a really good experience for me,” Carney said. “It teaches you how to work as a team and a bunch of social skills.”

OSB teacher Cheryl Daniels accompanied McCoy and Carney to the Space Camp training, which is coordinated by teachers of students with visual impairments.

“Space Camp excites and educates students in math, science and technology,” Daniels said. “Students also build self-confidence and skills in teamwork and communication.”

The program is based on 32 National Science Standards objectives established as curriculum guidelines for educators and administrators

McCoy and Carney participated in different programs at Space Camp.

In the advanced academy, McCoy studied space flight and history, completed experiments and solved problems known as anomalies that occurred on three space flight missions.

Carney flew in an F-18 fighter jet simulator in a military-based aviation challenge focused on teamwork. As a member of the Jolly Rogers team, he learned to rely on other students as they worked through exercises in the curriculum.