By Reann Huber staff writer
MCHS will be holding its 6th annual One Morgan Olympics (OMO) on April 15 to bring together all schools and focus on abilities instead of disabilities. The festivities began this Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. The OMO is an initiative created by the Bringing Extraordinary Student Together Club (BEST). Meredith Holloway, Department Chair of Student Support Services, started the BEST Club about seven years ago to socialize with the special needs population through peer leadership, field trips, and other events that they are in charge of planning. This year there will be athletes from all four schools as well as the most participants they have ever had; 65 athletes and just as many volunteers to provide assistance and encouragement to athletes. Morgan County Sheriff Robert S. Markley will start the event with the opening ceremonies, and the color guard will also be participating during the ceremony. MCHS cheerleaders and band will be at the event as well. Events that students can look forward to at this year’s Olympics include, basketball, soccer shootout, football bulls eye, 50-yard dash, long dash, softball throw, sack race, and tug of war. “OMO truly embodies the One Morgan spirit by bringing all the schools together for a day to focus on abilities instead of disabilities,” Holloway said in an email. “It is a time for our kids to shine, because after all we are all the same kind of different! It is awesome to see everyone come together for these special athletes who may not have the same opportunities in life to do things that most of us take for granted.” Closing ceremonies will take place after the lunch given to athletes and volunteers by OMO’s sponsors, Chic-Fil-A and Amici’s, and all athletes will receive medals.