Pioneer students earn medals at Special Olympics (with photo slideshow)


A lack of snow didn't stop the Pioneer special education students from competing–and winning–at the Special Olympics Winter Games. Photo by Meaghan Glanville.


Eight Pioneer special education students took home medals after attending the Michigan Special Olympics Winter Games in Traverse City last week.

The students have long attended the Summer Games in Mount Pleasant, but this was the first time they attended the Winter Games.

They were well-prepared by their teachers Cassandra Brower and Terry Weaver, who chaperoned the Feb. 7-10 competition. All eight students competed in snowshoeing.

Traverse City, like the rest of the state, was affected by unseasonably warm temperatures, and an integral part of the Winter Games–snow–was noticeably missing. Still, the games went on, and organizers arranged for the snowshoe events to take place on straw instead.

Aside from competitions, the Winter Games were jam-packed with other social events, including the opening and closing ceremonies, dances and arts and crafts.

“They went full steam,” said chaperone Kathryn Glanville, chair of the special education department at Pioneer. “On the way home, we couldn’t have been 15 minutes out of town before the heads started nodding off.”

See below for a list of winners and a photo slideshow. Photos were taken by Meaghan Glanville, a Pioneer senior and aspiring photojournalist.

List of winners

30 Meter

Megan Natelborg–Bronze

Ariana Birdsong–4th

50 Meter

Megan Natelborg–4th

Ariana Birdsong–Bronze

75 Meter

TiAnna Mercer–Bronze

Josephine Alinoti–Bronze

Jay Kimeldorf–Bronze

100 Meter

Fletcher Chambers–Silver

Jay Kimeldorf–Silver

Abigail Campbell– Silver

TiAnna Mercer–4th

Josephine Alinoti–4th

 200 Meter

Abigail Campbell–Gold

Fletcher Chambers–Gold

William McGuckin–Bronze

400 Meter

William McGuckin–Silver

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