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Wasatch Students Claim Special Olympic Medals

Special Olympians, who brought home medals from their bowling competition in Salt Lake City, from left to right, Shannon O' Connell, Seth Arave, Hunter Gertsch, Clayton Tadd, Omar Carbajal, Tate Davies, Quay Carlson. The coaches (not pictured) were Christy Bordy, Lauren Chevalier, Candy Petersen, Debbie Bowman, Kristin Wade, and Nancy Despain.
After six weeks of intense practice, students with special needs from Old Mill Elementary, Midway Elementary, and Timpanogos Intermediate School, competed in the Metro-Area Special Olympics.

"These kids worked so hard to prepare for the Olympics," said Lauren Chevalier, a special education teacher at Old Mill Elementary. "Their competition was bowling, and they took their practice very seriously."

Without a great deal of pre-event publicity, their was still a great deal of support for the students. "Their parents and family members came to cheer them on at the Bonwood Bowling Alley in Salt Lake City, where the competition was held," said Mr. Chevalier. "Students who competed in the event need to be 8 years old or older and have a cognitive disability."

"We are pleased with the support shown these great young kids," said Mr. Chevalier.

BY JOHN MOSS   01/30/2012

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