Twenty-four students score at School for the Blind Braille Challenge®

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

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 Muskogee.

Two sisters Richelle and Katelynn Zampella earned gold medals and were overall winners in the junior varsity and freshman categories.

The Zampella sisters are OSB students.

Oklahoma School for the Blind is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Oklahoma School for the Deaf Academic Team headed to national competition

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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 Danville, Kentucky.

Gallaudet University is the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard of hearing students.

Former OK School for the Blind superintendent Larry Hawkins to serve as interim during nationwide search

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Larry Hawkins will start his first day as interim superintendent at the Oklahoma School for the Blind on March 1. Hawkins previously served as OSB superintendent for 18 months in 2010 and 2011.

OSB is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Hawkins’ appointment was one of the first major decisions by Interim DRS Executive Director Noel Tyler.

School for the Blind students compete in regional math and engineering contest in Muskogee

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Excited students filled the Muskogee Civic Center last week to compete with mouse trap race cars, rubber band shooters and their amazing math skills for the Muskogee Area Educational Consortium’s Math & Engineering competition.

Students from 36 schools attended from around the eastern Oklahoma region, including seven high schoolers from the Oklahoma School for the Blind.

Tenth grader Cameron Hughes said, "It’s not about winning, it's about sportsmanship, doing your best, and having the courage to try."

School for the Deaf women’s basketball team, cheerleaders win regional championship

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SULPHUR, Okla. -- Oklahoma School for the Deaf Lady Indians won the regional Great Plains Schools for the Deaf basketball championship last weekend.

The team took top honors at a tournament hosted by Wisconsin School for the Deaf where they also
won both the three-point and free throw competitions.

Three team members were named to the all-tournament team: Haley Runels from Tulsa, Va'Licia Penny from Hominy and Sara Dobbs from Ada.