Unified teams earn awards at state MESA challenge

News Release, Charles County Public Schools

Three Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) unified track teams earned first place at the 2019 State Special Olympics Interscholastic Unified Sports Track and Field Invitational held May 14-15 at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex. Teams from La Plata, North Point and Thomas Stone high schools earned first place in their respective divisions of the tournament.

The La Plata team earned first place with 124 points in session II, division I of the event. Athletes compete in different sessions and divisions during the tournament based on team size and event.

The team from North Point combined with the Stone team to win first place with 55 points in session I, division I of the event.

Events featured during the tournament include track and field challenges such as dash races and the shot-out throw to the long jump and javelin throw. Unified sports teams include a combination of students with and without disabilities who train together and compete against other schools.

La Plata’s team includes students Michelle Candela, Shane Crockett, Joanna Diaz-Ocana, Alexandra Elford, Sydney Garner, Kavon Green-Johnson, Falon Harper, James Howison, Kyndall Kahouk, Edward Key, Ronnie King, Kelsey Kluh, Robert Lytton, Crista Mayo, Anthony Macri, Austin McAlwee, Casey Pham, Kelly Resendes, Janel Reyes, Abi Rogalski, Jabari Rogers, Marina Schaeffer, Maria Schroeck, Brandon Starcher, Shelly Sweeney, Rebecca Ulloa, Brandon Welch, Kaitlyn Welch and Rebecca White. Coaches of the team are La Plata special education teacher Stephanie Barry and James Swann, La Plata’s Building Service Manager.

North Point’s team includes students Devin Abraham, Naseem Abujuma, Christina Alvarez, Satchell Ball, Jalen Logan, Jalisa Logan, Richard Miller II and Aaron Mitchell. North Point physical education teacher Alison Cheney coaches the team. The Stone team includes students Jacob Eskew and Emily Nelson, and is coached by Kimberly Mack, an instructional assistant at Stone.

Additionally, student teams from Maurice J. McDonough and Westlake high schools earned a fourth-place award in their respective divisions.

CCPS partners with Special Olympics Maryland to offer students of all abilities the opportunity to participate in sports programs. Participation in unified sports increases annually. Students learn about social, communication and relationship-building skills, teamwork and exploring their athletic abilities.

The Southern Maryland Chronicle is a local, small business entrusted to provide factual, unbiased reporting to the Southern Maryland Community. While we look to local businesses for advertising, we hope to keep that cost as low as possible in order to attract even the smallest of local businesses and help them get out to the public. We must also be able to pay employees(part-time and full-time), along with equipment, and website related things. We never want to make the Chronicle a “pay-wall” style news site.

To that end, we are looking to the community to offer donations. Whether it’s a one-time donation or you set up a reoccurring monthly donation. It is all appreciated. All donations at this time will be going to furthering the Chronicle through hiring individuals that have the same goals of providing fair, and unbiased news to the community. For now, donations will be going to a business PayPal account I have set-up for the Southern Maryland Chronicle, KDC Designs. All business transactions currently occur within this PayPal account. If you have any questions regarding this you can email me at davidhiggins@southernmarylandchronicle.com

Thank you for all of your support and I hope to continue bringing Southern Maryland the best news possible for a very long time. — David M. Higgins II

© 2019 The Southern Maryland Chronicle. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.