SULPHUR, Okla. – One of two Oklahoma School for the Deaf’s teams is headed to Washington, DC April 22 through 25 to compete in playoffs at Gallaudet University’s Battle of the Books. Both teams advanced to the playoff level following preliminary competition.
Only 16 teams among the 84 that competed will make it to Battle of the books national competition. Gallaudet will pay all expenses for those student competitors and sponsors.
“Battle of the Books is a middle school competition that promotes literacy, academic competition, good sportsmanship and critical thinking,” OSD reading teacher Kristen McCurdy explained.
Gallaudet University, in Washington D.C., oversees the competition, and is the world leader in liberal arts education and career development for deaf and hard of hearing students.
McCurdy is the sponsor for the team headed to national competition, including Shealee Junger of Tulsa, Christopher Coulston of Sapulpa and Parker Simpson of Duncan. This team competed in December via videophone with Idaho School for the Deaf, Texas School for the Deaf and Marie Philip School for the Deaf in Massachusetts). The team also advanced to playoff competition and earned a spot in the national competition in April at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.
Kelsey Jones sponsored the second team, which successfully advanced to the playoffs, but missed placing in the top four national-bound schools by only 6 points. This team included Tosh Chebultz of Sulphur, Zoey Chebultz of Sulphur and Ashlyn Shuping of Indianola. This team competed in December via videophone with Rochester School for the Deaf in New York, Maryland School for the Deaf and New York State School for the Deaf.
At nationals, the OSD first team could compete against California School for the Deaf in Fremont, California School for the Deaf in Riverside, Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, New Mexico School for the Deaf, Texas School for the Deaf, Wisconsin School for the Deaf or Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.
OSD students meet all graduation requirements public schools and have achieved a 100-percent graduation rate for six years. In 2016, 240 students lived at the school during the week, commuted from home or attended summer school classes. OSD operates two satellite preschools at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond and the University of Arts and Sciences of Oklahoma in Chickasha. As the statewide resource center for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, OSD provides thousands of free evaluations and direct services each year for students attending local public schools, their families and educators. The school is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.
For more information, phone (580) 622-4900 or (888) 685-3333 toll free or visit the website at www.osd.k12.ok.us/.