Cherokee Washington High School brought six high school student to the Special Olympics Summer Games May 25th and 26th in Ames, Ia. The four girls Tiffani Brown, Amanda Van Roekel, Danielle Olson, and Melissa Kelly participated in a cheer clinic where they learned 5 new cheers. They had the opportunity to perform their new cheers alongside local high school cheerleaders during the opening ceremony in front of all the athletes and spectators. During the opening ceremonies we lined up as a group to represent Cherokee in the opening march through Hilton Coliseum at Iowa State University. As we were lining up to enter the Coliseum we were met by the ISU football player who formed a line and gave high-fives to the athletes as they walked into the Coliseum.
These students took part in the college experience on the ISU campus where they slept in the dorm rooms and ate in the cafeteria.
Two of the students Kyle Carey and Johnathon Stevens competed in doubles tennis. They played well and had a great time playing against another team. They placed second in their division and age group.
Senior Amanda Van Roekel, who participated in Bowling and cheerleading this school year was nominated for the Elite Athlete Award for Special Olympics. She was awarded as an Elite Athlete for her dedication to the sports she participated in Special Olympics. By being given this award she has been featured in the Des Moines Register. In June the Des Moines Register will honor the athletes' accomplishments throughout the state. She will attend a banquet where she will get the chance to meet the guest speaker Shaquille O' Neal.