MUSKOGEE — Oklahoma School for the Blind seniors will graduate in a commencement ceremony that will be held at noon on May 24, in the OSB auditorium, at 3300 Gibson Street.
The OSB 2017 graduating class includes Justin Whitmire of Durant, Jacob King of Muskogee, Patelin Cogswell of Oklahoma City, Chandler Caveny of Durant, Logan Deaton of Oklahoma City, Morningstar Clark of Oklahoma City, Mathiew Noah of Del City, Andrew Wagon of Allen and Seth Wedel of Tulsa.
“It has been a joy to work with the graduates of 2017,” OSB Superintendent Rita Echelle said. “I wish them well as they move to the next chapter of their life whether it be continuing their education or entering the job market. Congratulations, OSB 2017 graduates.”
Whitmire is the son of Lily Smith and the grandson of Cathy Whitmire. He has attended OSB since entering kindergarten. He said his favorite memory of school is going to Special Olympics. After graduation, he plans to find a job.
King is the son of Randy King and grandson of Rocky and Linda King. He attended the school since entering kindergarten in 2002. He said his favorite memories of school included wrestling and serving as the school’s mascot. After graduation, he plans to raise chickens and do woodworking.
Cogswell is the daughter of Talitha Banks and granddaughter of Nene Glenda Banks. She has attended OSB since entering first grade in 2005. She said her favorite memory of school is when she read to kindergartners for Service Learning class. After graduation, she plans to work for NewView Oklahoma and serve in the ministry.
Caveny lives with his grandmother Patty Caveny. His favorite memory of school is when he played the pipe organ. After graduation, he plans to open his own Braille Writer repair business.
Deaton is the son of Keri Wise and stepfather Philip, of Oklahoma City. His father is Todd Deaton and his grandparents are Sherry and Gary Gallant, all of Blanchard. He attended OSB for 8 years and said his favorite memory of school is when he went to Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. After graduation, Deaton plans to attend Mid-American Christian University in Oklahoma City.
Clark is the granddaughter of Alice Smith. She has attended OSB since kindergarten. She said her favorite memory of school is being named homecoming queen this year.
Noah is the son of Julie Noah and grandson of Vivian Noah. He has attended OSB for three years. His favorite memory is participating in the school’s talent show. After graduation, he plans to do community service and work with children.
Wagon is the grandson Lori Wagon. He has attended OSB since kindergarten, and his favorite memory is the fun he had in school. After graduation, he plans to seek a job.
Wedel is the son of Mike Wedel and attended OSB for five years. He said his favorite memory is working in the recreation center. After graduation, he plans to seek a job.
OSB is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS), a state agency which assists Oklahomans with disabilities through vocational rehabilitation, education, employment, independent living programs and the determination of medical eligibility for disability benefits.
OSB was founded in 1897 at Fort Gibson as a private school for children who are blind or visually impaired. Over the past 100 years, the school has provided education programs at no charge for thousands of students with visual disabilities, from students who attend school on campus to those served through outreach programs for families, public school teachers and communities statewide.