By Tia Lynn Ivey
Amidst beautiful weather, Morgan County High School (MCHS) held the 6th Annual One Morgan Olympics (OMO) last Friday, April 15. Students from all four Morgan County school signed up for the event, with 65 athletes playing in this year’s games. The event aimed to bring together all schools and focus on abilities instead of disabilities. 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. Morgan County Sheriff Markley began the event with the opening ceremonies as the color guard performed to kick-off the event.
MCHS cheerleaders and band also performed during the OMO. Games this year included 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,” said Meredith Holloway, who orchestrated the event.
“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.”