Press Releases 2016

Students in green graduation caps and gowns line up in a hall

Thursday, May 26, 2016

SULPHER, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Deaf maintained a 100 percent graduation success rate for the sixth year with nineteen seniors graduating May 25.

The 2016 class includes: Emily Johnson from Ada; Christian Castrejon from Anadarko; Zackry Thornton from Ardmore;, Krista Felker from...

8 young people wear blue graduations caps and gowns

Saturday, May 21, 2016

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Blind maintained a 100 percent graduation success rate for the sixth year with eight seniors graduating May 18.

The OSB 2016 class includes: Makayla Fetner from McAlester Triston Gibson from Broken Arrow, Aaron Hopson from Poteau, Logan McCoy from...

Elementary and high school-age young ladies with white canes wear medals and hold certificates in front of a trophy case.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Defending champion Richelle Zampella from Muskogee will return to Los Angeles this June to defend her title in the national Braille Challenge® finals competition.

This is the third time Zampella, now a ninth-grader at Oklahoma School for the Blind, has competed at the...

Young poeople play horns and drums in lobby

Monday, May 9, 2016

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Once again, Oklahoma School for the Blind students will volunteer May 12 in Muskogee and Fort Gibson for their fourth “OSB Gives Back Day.”

The experience was developed by OSB science teacher Cheryl Daniels, who convinced students to give community service a try in 2012...

Two young girls

Thursday, April 28, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY – Shannon Varner and Malerie Levens are both freshmen just finishing their first years at new high schools.

Varner, age 14, transferred from Sulphur Public Schools to Oklahoma School for the Deaf where her mother KaAnn is superintendent and her father Tommy is athletic...

Young man and older man smile and hold proclamation

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services honored hometown heroes in a ceremony at the state Capitol during People with Disabilities Awareness Day.

This year, 742 people participated in the annual disability advocacy and information event.

Dr. Terry L....

Monday, April 4, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY – Deaf Oklahomans are invited by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services to two meetings to discuss vocational rehabilitation services and current employment issues faced by the Deaf community.

The Tulsa meeting is scheduled April 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the...

Young woman speaks with man wearing suit and tie

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY – An award-winning deaf cheerleader and high school dropout who made the college honor roll will join 800 other advocates for People with Disabilities Awareness Day April 5 at the state Capitol.

Participants are encouraged to share their success stories during the 22nd...

Elementary and high school age girls hold white canes and certificates.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

MUSKOGEE, Okla. –– If Braille literacy is the key to employment for blind people, then one group of braille competitors from Oklahoma has a bright future ahead.

Twenty-four students competed in the Braille Challenge® competition recently held at the Oklahoma School for the Blind in...

2 adults seated and 4 teens standing in classroom

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

SULPHUR, Okla. – The Oklahoma School for the Deaf’s Academic Team is headed to national competition April 23-26 at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

OSD earned a hard-won fourth place in an 18-team tournament February 25-28 at Gallaudet’s Southeast Regional Academic Bowl in...