December 1, 2020

Local Special Olympics Bowling Tournament

Competitors not pictured in order: Lane 1: Allen Stover- 1st place, James Hannah- 2nd place, Jeffery Freeman- 3rd place; Lane 2: Scott Spillane- 1st place, Aiden Bryan- 2nd place; Lane 3: Anthony Bailey- 1st place, James Abernathy- 2nd place; Lane 4: Callie Robinson- 1st place, Kaylee Holcomb- 2nd place; Lane 5: Kaylee Neal- 1st place, Ashley Shelnutt- 2nd place; Lane 6: Dennis Shaw- 1st place, Todd Hendricks- 2nd place, Buck Dunson- 3rd place; Also Lane 6: Tonya Hull- 1st place; Lane 8: Nigel Echols- 1st place, and Dylan Evans- 2nd place

Competitors not pictured in order Allen Stover- 1st place, James Hannah- 2nd place, Jeffery Freeman- 3rd place; Scott Spillane- 1st place, Aiden Bryan- 2nd place; Anthony Bailey- 1st place, James Abernathy- 2nd place; Callie Robinson- 1st place, Kaylee Holcomb- 2nd place; Kaylee Neal- 1st place, Ashley Shelnutt- 2nd place; Dennis Shaw- 1st place, Todd Hendricks- 2nd place, Buck Dunson- 3rd place; Tonya Hull- 1st place; Nigel Echols- 1st place, and Dylan Evans- 2nd place

(Newnan, GA) — Heard County Special Olympics Athletes competed in a Local Bowling Tournament at Junction Lanes in Newnan recently.

There were smiles, laughs, and even some friendly competition that could be heard throughout the bowling alley.

In the first game, veterans Tonya Hull and Dennis Shaw went neck and neck through the whole game. In the end, Tonya got ahead of Dennis by only one point!

In the second game, she fell short but still received a 1st place trophy for being the only female alumni athlete to compete in the tournament.

All of the competitors did a fabulous job bowling and the day was enjoyed by all. After the tournament, everyone enjoyed a yummy pizza lunch.

There are many special thanks that must be made to the wonderful teachers Mrs. Tara Young, Mr. Ryan Duffey, and Mr. Ron Sivell and their assistants Mrs. Sandy Covington, Mrs. Donna Mims, Mrs. Yurii Crockett, and Mrs. Valerie Wilkes.

Without the support of these hard-working people, the Local Special Olympics Chapter could not operate. They bring their athletes to the events and they work with them on a day-to-day basis.

Mrs. Valerie Wilkes, the assistant at Heard Middle School, deserves a high-five for serving double duty at the event. She was the bus driver for the day. Also, she drives for many other Special Olympics Competitions throughout the year.

Mrs. Spearman, the Local Coordinator, expressed that she was pleased with the friendly competition and grateful for the assistance of all of the adults and the youth volunteers.

Left to Right: Heard Middle School Youth Ambassadors: 1st Row: Piya Patel and Jasmin Aquino; 2nd Row: Local Special Olympics Coordinator and Youth Ambassador Advisor - Wylene Spearman, Faith Evans, Vanessa Cearley, 7th Grade Magical Moments Queen- Ashley Zoretic, Ethan May, Brianna Hill, Brooke Milam, Hermonie Garza, Abbie Neighbors and Kaylee Warren; 3rd Row: Angel Morgan, Lee Muller, Noah Cantrell and Whitt Pope.

Heard Middle School Youth Ambassadors 1st Row (L-R): Piya Patel and Jasmin Aquino — 2nd Row (L-R): Wylene Spearman, Faith Evans, Vanessa Cearley, Ashley Zoretic, Ethan May, Brianna Hill, Brooke Milam, Hermonie Garza, Abbie Neighbors and Kaylee Warren — 3rd Row (L-R): Angel Morgan, Lee Muller, Noah Cantrell and Whit Pope.

The Heard Middle School Youth Ambassadors served as student volunteers. This was their first community service event for the year and a great experience for all of them.

“Today, it was heartwarming to train these young people to give back to their community”, stated Spearman. “This is a day that will linger in their memory for many years.” They assisted ramp bowlers and were in charge of competition on their assigned lane. Also, they had fun interacting with the athletes and building new friendships.

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