Special Olympics Heading to State

Shyanne gave Coach Ellison a thumbs up before her match.

The Special Olympics team is heading to state. 

On April 27, Coach Ellison and Mrs. Mikles took students to participate in Special Olympics at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. The students competed in bocce ball.

“I have been helping with the Special Olympics at Elk City High School for four years. I have organized it for two years now and have been a helper two other years before,” said Mrs. Mikles.

Ten students placed in bocce ball at SWOSU:

  • Jeffery Frazier, first
  • Bree Schreck, first
  • Dorean Jones, second
  • Sammy Griffith, second
  • Sebastian Tinoco, second
  • Dylan Canipe, second
  • Shyanne Hufford, second
  • Gavin Vermillion, second
  • Madison Jones, second
  • Jonathan Taylor, third

The team is now getting ready for State. Some days, Mrs. Mikles will take students down to the gym to practice and prepare for the state Special Olympics games where there will be two different events at the state games. The students are really excited to get to participate in the state games.

“The students get ready by practicing a few times in whatever sport they are going to do. Before state, the students will practice for horseshoes and bocce ball.”

The Special Olympics provides an opportunity for the students to get to be a part of a team and compete with other kids.

“These kids are athletes just like anybody else. They take competing very seriously. Life is competitive, so these kids need it just like anybody else does. They learn to win and lose in life and how to deal with it in an appropriate manner,” said Coach Ellison.

The team will travel to State in Stillwater May 15, 16 and 17.