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.

School for the Blind employee earns DRS Commission award

Two smiling women stand with on on right holding flag in a case and framed certificate.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Karen Reed, Oklahoma School for the Blind compliance officer, earned the 2017 Commission Award from the members of the Commission for Rehabilitation Services.

Commission Chair April Danahy presented the award to Reed at a commission meeting in Oklahoma City with co-workers and colleagues in attendance.

Reed received an official state flag flown over the Capitol in Oklahoma City.

As a compliance officer, Reed ensures that OSB complies with state and federal regulatory requirements and DRS internal policies.

School for the Deaf honors superintendent with building dedication

Bearded man wearing suit and tie holds gian scissors

SULPHUR, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Deaf Superintendent Larry Hawkins was honored March 14 by family, friends, students and co-workers with a surprise building dedication.

Following a program in the OSD gymnasium led by his daughter Jill Hawkins, Larry Hawkins and his family cut a ribbon symbolizing the naming of the Larry Hawkins Activity Center in his honor.

Jill Hawkins is an OSD outreach specialist and teacher who serves students attending local schools across the state.

750 attend People with Disabilities Awareness Day at the Capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin joined more than 750 disability advocates at the 24th People with Disabilities Awareness Day on March 13 at the state Capitol.

The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Service hosted the event, which included 76 disability-related exhibitors and 120 volunteers.

The agency provided Braille and large print materials, certified sign language interpreters and other accommodations to enable all guests to fully participate.

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