Categories for Special Olympics games include the assisted walking, running, standing long jump, tennis ball throw, ramp bowling, bumper bowling, softball throw, beanbag throw, and horseshoes. Many Ascension students won awards in more than one category.

 The Ascension Parish School Board recently recognized student athletes for winning Blue Ribbons in this year’s local Special Olympics competitions. Director of Special Education Susan Vaughn announced the achievements of the 66 students from 17 schools who placed in this year’s series of Special Olympics games.

"Congratulations to these young men and women for their courage and perseverance in competing in the Special Olympics games. They are outstanding representatives of Ascension Public Schools, and we are very proud of their successes," said Superintendent David Alexander.

Categories for Special Olympics games include the assisted walking, running, standing long jump, tennis ball throw, ramp bowling, bumper bowling, softball throw, beanbag throw, and horseshoes. Many Ascension students won awards in more than one category.

Below are the Blue Ribbon students who placed in the local Special Olympics games listed by school:

--Duplessis Primary: Ahmyni Fowler, developmental 25 meter assisted walk; Summer Payne, standing long jump; Robert Pichon, developmental 25 meter run.

--Galvez Primary: Lyla Detillier, softball throw, standing long jump; Ella Stoute, standing long jump.

--G.W. Carver Primary: Montell Cole, softball throw; Alex Lanoux, 50 meter run.

--Lake Elementary: Kagan Talbot, 50 meter run.

--Lakeside Primary: Kacey Cargo, 100 meter run, softball throw, standing long; Ransly Melancon, 50 meter walk; Marcus Werner, 50 meter walk.

--Lowery Elementary: Ja'tayveon Sanders, standing long jump and softball throw; Kendall Hayes, 50 meter run; Donnivan Carter-Brown, 50 meter run.

--Oak Grove Primary: Eric Bond, developmental 25 meter run, standing long jump, tennis ball throw; Madison Corley, developmental standing long jump, tennis ball throw; Jonathan Green, 25 meter run; LeeAnne Nunez, standing long jump; Tucker Townsend, developmental 25 meter run.

--Pecan Grove Primary: Aden Gunter, developmental tennis ball throw.

--Sorrento Primary: Shawn Dunbar, standing long jump; Nyasia Joseph, 50 meter run, softball throw; Jayden Lambert, standing long jump.

--Central Middle: Welton Corey, 50 meter run, standing long jump; Quinton Holmes, standing long jump; Jaiden Hulin, standing long jump.

--Galvez Middle: Callie Howe, softball throw, ramp bowling 12-15 female.

--Lowery Middle: AnnaLee Diggs, softball throw and standing long jump; Ja'lin Villavaso, standing long jump; Tynia Marshall, 50 meter run; J'ven Bradford, standing long jump.

--St. Amant Middle: Devontrey Brown, softball throw; Olivia Duhon, softball throw; Jamarion Johnson, developmental standing long jump; Kristian Johnson, developmental 10 meter assisted walk; assisted beanbag throw and ramp-bumper bowling female 12-15; Maxx Perez, singles bowling male 12-15; Cloyd Wilson, 50 meter run and standing long jump; Luke Young, horseshoes male 12-15.

--Donaldsonville High: Jalen Williams, 25 meter walk; James Diggs, softball throw; Raymond Briley, 50 meter run; Gabriel Jones, softball throw and standing long jump.

--Dutchtown High: Lewis Collin, standing long jump; Kenzie Gaughan, 50 meter run; Chaase Haase, 200 meter run; Noah Thibodeaux, standing long jump; Emily Thompson, 25 meter run.

--East Ascension High: Thailand Clay, softball throw, standing long jump; Brennen Ramage, 50 meter run; Rianna Rodriguez, 50 meter run, softball throw; Austin Simon, standing long jump and bumper bowling male 16-21; Marvin Scott, 100 meter run, standing long jump; My’ Chal Silas, 50 meter run, softball throw; Keia’shonda Starks, 50 meter run, softball throw, standing long jump; D’ Erinai Stewart, 100 meter run; Bridgett Wells, bumper bowling female 16-21.

--St. Amant High: Kelsie Colligan, standing long jump; Cheyenne Cook, softball throw, standing long jump; Matthew Cox, developmental tennis ball throw; Makayla Arceneaux, 50 meter run, softball throw, standing long jump; Devan Guedry, 100 meter run, softball throw, standing long jump and singles bowling male 16-21; Tommy Johnson, softball throw, standing long jump; Mason Madere, ramp bowling male 16-21; Zoe Poche’, standing long jump; Ju’Quan Riley, softball throw and singles bowling male 16-21; Samantha Whitney, softball throw, standing long jump and assisted bumper bowling female 16-21.

Another honor announced at the School Board meeting was K’Von Albert’s racing wheelchair, which will be on display at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Museum in Natchitoches in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Louisiana Special Olympics. The display began in May and will run through July. Albert’s mother, Kindera Albert-Hilliard, was also recognized. She will be a Track and Field National Games Coach for the June 30 to July 7 Special Olympics games in Seattle, WA.

Upcoming plans for Special Olympics in Ascension include State Summer Track and Field Games, taking place May 18-20 at Southeastern Louisiana University. Students chosen for the state track team are: Chaase Haase, Colin Lewis, Ahmyni Fowler, Robert Pichon, Devontrey Brown, Alexandra Lanoux, Callie Howe, Ransly Melancon, Anna Palmer, and Kagan Talbot.

Photos of the student recognitions can be found on Ascension Public Schools Facebook page, www.facebook.com/AscensionParishSchools.

For more information about Ascension Public Schools, visit www.apsb.org. More information about Louisiana Special Olympics can be found at http://laso.org/.

Contributed by Ascension Public Schools