Special Olympians bring home the gold from Hunt County meet

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Apr. 24, 2007 - Sulphur Springs High School's Special Olympics team came home from a meet in Hunt County Saturday with nine gold medals, two silver medals and five bronze medals.

Staff Photo by Angela Pitts

The Special Olympics team includes, left to right, (front) Susie Nguyen, Andy Powers, Krysti Danzer, Paula Valesquez; (back) teacher Shirley Wakeman, Matt Lowrie, Rachelle Roady, Josh Sells, Sam Winnett, teacher George Scott, Martha Thompson, Tommy Kimmell and coaches Jeana McQueen and Dusti James.

The students hope to do as well and have as much fun this week at the Mount Vernon meet today, then the Area Meet in Wylie on Friday.

"They all did a great job!" gushed instructor Jeana McQueen.

Three students — Matt Lowrie, Susie Nguyen and Sam Winnett — came home with two gold medals each from Hunt County. Both Winnett and Nguyen earned gold in the standing long jump. Winnett also took home a gold metal for the 400-meter walk, and Nguyen received gold in the 100-meter dash. Lowrie took home gold medals in both the 50-meter dash and the softball throw.

Also receiving gold medals for the 50-meter dash were Martha Thompson and Josh Sells. Krysti Danzer also came home with a gold medal in the softball throw.

Andy Powers earned silver in the 50-meter dash as well as the softball throw.

Bronze medals went to Martha Thompson for tennis ball throw; Krysti Danzer, 50-meter dash; Paula Valesquez, softball throw; and Tommy Kimmel for running long jump.

Tommy Kimmel placed fourth in the 400-meter run and Paula Valesquez fifth in the 50-meter dash.

The team also includes Rachelle Roady, who was unable to participate in Saturday's meet but is slated to participate in other events.

The students departed this morning for the Mount Vernon contest, sporting uniforms and shoes made available with assistance from the Pilot Club, wind suits and duffel bags from Creations by Joyce, and donations from Factory Brand Shoes, Bill and Aimee Monk, and Larry and Marilyn Powers. McQueen stated that all of the support is much appreciated by the Special Olympics team.

May 4 will also be another big day for the special olympians. Sulphur Springs High School will be hosting a Special Sports Day from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon for all district special olympians. The day's sports events will include a scooter race, bouncing ball race, jump rope, football throw, cone race, long jump, sit-ups and basketball free throws. Lamar Elementary's Juggle Bugs, district cheerleaders and the high school drill team will also show off their skills.

Among the seniors to be recognized during the special sports day will be Tommy Kimmel, son of Walter and Rhonda Kimmel; Andy Powers, son of Larry and Marilyn Powers; and Martha Thompson, daughter of Richard and Jean Thompson.

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Sulphur Springs High School's Special Olympics team came home from a meet in Hunt County Saturday with nine gold medals, two silver medals and five bronze medals.

The students hope to do as well and have as much fun this week at the Mount Vernon meet today, then the Area Meet in Wylie on Friday.

"They all did a great job!" gushed instructor Jeana McQueen.

Three students — Matt Lowrie, Susie Nguyen and Sam Winnett — came home with two gold medals each from Hunt County. Both Winnett and Nguyen earned gold in the standing long jump. Winnett also took home a gold metal for the 400-meter walk, and Nguyen received gold in the 100-meter dash. Lowrie took home gold medals in both the 50-meter dash and the softball throw.

Also receiving gold medals for the 50-meter dash were Martha Thompson and Josh Sells. Krysti Danzer also came home with a gold medal in the softball throw.

Andy Powers earned silver in the 50-meter dash as well as the softball throw.

Bronze medals went to Martha Thompson for tennis ball throw; Krysti Danzer, 50-meter dash; Paula Valesquez, softball throw; and Tommy Kimmel for running long jump.

Tommy Kimmel placed fourth in the 400-meter run and Paula Valesquez fifth in the 50-meter dash.

The team also includes Rachelle Roady, who was unable to participate in Saturday's meet but is slated to participate in other events.

The students departed this morning for the Mount Vernon contest, sporting uniforms and shoes made available with assistance from the Pilot Club, wind suits and duffel bags from Creations by Joyce, and donations from Factory Brand Shoes, Bill and Aimee Monk, and Larry and Marilyn Powers. McQueen stated that all of the support is much appreciated by the Special Olympics team.

May 4 will also be another big day for the special olympians. Sulphur Springs High School will be hosting a Special Sports Day from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon for all district special olympians. The day's sports events will include a scooter race, bouncing ball race, jump rope, football throw, cone race, long jump, sit-ups and basketball free throws. Lamar Elementary's Juggle Bugs, district cheerleaders and the high school drill team will also show off their skills.

Among the seniors to be recognized during the special sports day will be Tommy Kimmel, son of Walter and Rhonda Kimmel; Andy Powers, son of Larry and Marilyn Powers; and Martha Thompson, daughter of Richard and Jean Thompson.

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