Special Olympics

READY, AIM, FIRE: At the Special Olympics, freshman Billy Bowen rears back to throw. “We need to do more for them and be with them just throw we do with the other students here at West,” sophomore Jessica Pischke said. Photo by Ethan Giangreco.

ADVENTURE AWAITS: Freshman Marissa Sims participates in the girls 100 meter walk at the Special Olympics. “It’s fun watching the kids do different activities and having lots of fun with other kids from different schools,” sophomore Haley Stephenson said. Photo by Ethan Giangreco.

BIG HUGS: Alumni Kayla Bennett runs down the track to hug one of her friends. “I feel like we should have more days that are focused on the life skills students so they can go outside and have fun with their friends,” sophomore Haley Stephenson said. Photo by Ethan Giangreco.

ONE MORE LAP: Participating in the 25 meter run, freshman Hunter Larsen runs past his opponents. “It is important to have the Special Olympics every year because the life skills students are very important to us,” sophomore Jessica Pischke said. Photo by Ethan Giangreco.

PARADE WALK: Walking around the track, sophomore 7Lee Craven participates in the parade. “Every school from Johnston County came out to cheer on the life skills students during the Special Olympics,” sophomore Jessica Pischke said. Photo by Nich Wilson.

DO THE WAVE: Waving to the crowd freshman Marissa Sims gets ready to participate in the girls 100 meter walk. “The kids get excited knowing the Special Olympics is dedicated to them and only them,” sophomore Haley Stephenson said. Photo by Nich Wilson.

DANCE OFF: Dancing with one of the student volunteers, alumni Kayla Bennett enjoys her day. “The kids don’t get to go out and do activities with their friends every day, that’s why the Special Olympics is so important,” sophomore Haley Stephenson said. Photo by Ethan Giangreco.

EAT OUR DUST: freshman Hunter Larsen runs around the tack and completes the race. “I love seeing their excitement and enthusiasm as they compete,” sophomore Jessica Pischke said. Photo by Nich Wilson.

MARCH ON: Getting ready to walk in the parade the life skills students and the peer tutors smile for the camera. “This event shows how every one of the kids are special in their own way,” sophomore Haley Stephenson said. Photo by Nich Wilson.

SMILE AND WAVE: Preparing to compete, freshman Marissa Sims gets excited when she sees her friends in the crowd. “This is the one day they get to show our teachers and our students how happy they are being outside and getting to be with their friends,” sophomore Haley Stephenson said. Photo by Nich Wilson.