Oklahoma School for the Deaf Senior Class Commencement May 23

11 head shots of the senior class.

SULPHUR, Okla. — Oklahoma School for the Deaf is proud to announce the Senior Class of 2018 will graduate at 1 pm on May 23, in the Larry Hawkins Activity Center, at 1100 East Oklahoma Street in Sulphur.

The OSD 2018 graduating class includes Kaitlyn Bean of Ada, Hailey Billey of Ada, Bryce Bristow of Tecumseh, Gage  Cole of Mustang, Jenita Felker of Bartlesville, Justice Glory of Ada, Allie Herrera of Waurika, Brianna Neese of Madill, Jaleesa Osborn of Sulphur, Taylor Tweedy of Checotah and Grace Woodall of Sulphur.

Dress for Success Tulsa, DRS Visual Services partner to help mutual clients succeed

Smiling  woman holds clothing on a hanger.

TULSA, Okla. – Dress for Success Tulsa and Visual Services are helping clients of both organizations, Yessica Romero from Broken Arrow and Marilyn Harris from Tulsa, get nine months of on-the-job experience and paychecks.

More than one million women have taken steps toward employment and independence with help from Dress for Success. The international not-for-profit provides professional clothing, employment training and a support network.

As one of only two Dress for Success Tulsa offices in Oklahoma, the Tulsa affiliate serves jobseekers from Bartlesville to Okmulgee.

Ada and School for the Deaf students team up to Teach Oklahoma

Seven people seated at restaurant table fingerspell to communicate with deaf people.

SULPHUR, Okla. – An exciting program called Teach Oklahoma is encouraging bright junior and senior students to consider teaching in Oklahoma as a viable career choice.

Teach Oklahoma is sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

The curriculum explores various areas of teaching, observation and professional development. Students engage in clinical teaching exercises in educational settings.

Oklahoma School for the Blind Senior Class Commencement May 16

14 portraits of the Senior Class.

Muskogee, Okla. — Oklahoma School for the Blind is pround to announce the Senior Class of 2018 will graduate on May 16. The commencement ceremony will be at noon in the OSB auditorium, at 3300 Gibson Street, Muskogee.

This year’s graduating class includes Brittany Marie Bales of Muskogee, Julie Bookout of Broken Arrow, Brianna Marie Brennan of Muskogee, Holly E. Felkins of Collinsville, Sara Michelle Graber of Haskell, Gunner Levi  Harris of Sallisaw, Cameron Blake Hughes of Broken Bow, Jake E. Marsh of Fairfax, Joseph Michael Anthony Owens of Broken Arrow, Kinzie Elizabeth Peters of Ponca City, Jonathon Blayne Phelps of Valliant, Thomas Dean Raines of Tahlequah, Lorenzo Alberto Rodriguez of Sapulpa, Halle Miree Stout of Oklahoma City and Shaylin Wells of Sapulpa.

Oklahoma School for the Deaf athletes score at state track qualifying rounds

Young smiling woman wearing medal on a ribbon stands on track in stadium.

SULPHUR, Okla. – The beating spikes on the rough track, the roar of the crowd, the pop of the starting gun and the booming announcements over the loudspeakers mean that it is track season in Oklahoma.

These are sounds that most people have typically experienced, but Emily Cavello and Dylan Evans have never experienced the sounds of the beating spikes, the roaring crowd, the starting gun or the booming announcements.

Both Cavello and Evans are deaf and have found their passions and athletic opportunities at Oklahoma School for the Deaf in Sulphur.

School for the Blind student gains work experience as campus receptionist

Smiling young woman seated in desk chair talks on the phone

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – After beloved receptionist Patsy Perceful retired in December, Oklahoma School for Blind Superintendent Rita Echelle needed another exceptional person for that key position.

Trinity Lewis, who works the afternoon shift Monday through Thursday is not the only person filling that role. However, at age 18, she is the youngest.

Her work study experience during Lewis’ senior year has turned out to be a perfect fit.

Oklahoma School for the Blind student wins top FCCLA award

Young woman with medal and award

MUSKOGEE Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Blind sophomore Kaylee Ragon earned first place for her children’s literature presentation at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA’s) state STAR competition.

The event was held at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology in Stillwater.

To qualify and win in FCCLA’s 9-10 grade division, Ragon wrote an original e-book about friendship titled “Izzy’s Friends” for children three to five years.

Oklahoma School for the Blind free summer camp registration due now

Three students play in a water fountain in a courtyard.

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Students with visual disabilities are encouraged to register now for Oklahoma School for the Blind’s tuition-free summer camps.

The theme is “STEAM into summer with Summer Camp!”

The acronym STEAM stands for high-quality education opportunities in Science, Technology Engineering, Art and Math.

OSB will offer two one-week summer programs. Week 1 is June 4-8. Week 2 is June 11-15. Applications are due by April 20.

There is no charge to attend.

OSB Braille Bees are Creek County spelling bee champs

Three young women pose with one very alrge and two small trophies.

SAPULPA, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Blind’s Braille Bees beat their own 2017 performance, winning the top prize in the 2018 Spelling Bee held April 5 by the Creek County Literacy Program.

This was the first time Richelle Zampella, Kaylee Ragon and Brianna Brennan won the overall prize against adult and student competitors.

They also won school division and best team name trophies.

Last year, the same team earned 1st place in the schools category and 2nd place overall. This was their fifth year to compete.

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