Brian Leroux

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    Yes. I work at the Arc of Iberia and I have been working there for 8 years. 

      
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    What is your favorite Special Olympics memory?

     
     
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    My favorite memories are travelling on overnight trips to competitions with my unified sports teams. 

       
     
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    What's your key to success? 

     
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    Practice makes perfect!

      
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    I want to fly on a plane, travel to Washington D.C., and see the National Bowling Tournament. I also want to be famous! 

      
     

Emily Rachal

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    Yes. I work at the Rapides Arc doing warehouse work using tools and fulfilling contracts with factories. I have been working there for 1 year. 

      
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    What is your favorite Special Olympics memory?

     
     
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    My favorite memories are travelling to competitions, making friends, and getting to bowl. I am much more social now that I'm involved in Special Olympics.

      
     
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    What are some of your hobbies?

     
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    I love to shop for clothes. I also love to play the card game UNO.

     
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    I want to become a professional bowler.  

     
     

Cortlyn Guthrie

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    What is your favorite hobby?

     
     
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    I love to go fishing.  

     
     
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    What is your favorite Special Olympics memory?

     
     
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    My favorite memory is when I competed in Athletics at State Summer Games. Also, winning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals.

     
     
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    What is your key to success?

     
     
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    My key is to keep practicing, keep an eye on the ball, and gain strength.

     

     

     
     
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    I want to go to college and graduate, then get a job that I like.  

     
     

Kiet Ly

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    Have you ever attended a USA or World Games?

     
     
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    Yes, I have competed at the 2010 USA Games in Nebraska and the 2014 USA Games in New Jersey. 

     
     
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    What are some fun facts about you?

     
     
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    I love to play on computers, walking, and exercising. I also have 3 brothers.

     
     
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    What is your key to success?

     
     
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    My key is to train hard.

     

     

     
     
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    My favorite memory is making friends.  

     
     

Egypt Wright

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    Are you currently employed?

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    Yes, I work at Goodwill where I sort clothes and items as they come in. I have been working there for 6 years. 

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    What are some fun facts about you?

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    I love the TV show Supernatural. I also have 1 sister and 4 dogs.

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    What is your favorite Special Olympics memory?

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    My favorite memory has been making friends.

     

  • q How have you changed since becoming involved in Special Olympics?
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    I used to be nervous but now I am calm. 

Darrell Miller

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    Are you currently employed?

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    Yes, I work at the training center for ARC of Rapides and I have been working there for 32 years.

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    What are some fun facts about you?

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    I know every bus route in the City of Alexandria by heart! I also enjoy playing Bingo, going to the mall, and housekeeping.

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    What is your favorite Special Olympics memory?

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    My favorite memory was competing at the Lakeside School track and field meet in 1981. I won a gold medal in the 50 yard dash and the standing long jump!

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    Who helped you the most to get to this level of competition?

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    All of my coaches. I love them. Thank you, Mr. Bill, Mrs. Gwen, and Mrs. Caroline!

Joyce Reid

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    Are you currently employed?

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    Yes, I work on Options' cleaning crew and I have for 6 years.

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    What are some fun facts about you?

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    I enjoy to scrapbook in my free time.

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    What was your life like before joining Special Olympics?

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    I mostly just worked and watched TV. I didn't really exercise.

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    What is your favorite Special Olympics memory?

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    My favorite memories are having fun at events and meeting new people.

Justin Bonvillain

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    Are you currently employed?

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    Yes, I work at Chick-Fil-A and have for over 6 months.

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    What are some fun facts about you?

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    I am very unique and outgoing. I am very entertaining and I do great impressions. I love to make people laugh.

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    What was your life like before joining Special Olympics?

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    I was very quiet and shy.

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    What are the goals you have set for yourself?

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    I would love to work at Walt Disney World.

Roy Menard

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    Tell Us About Yourself

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    "I grew up being Deaf. I have overcome lots of obstacles and tried my best to succeed at everything I do in sports and life. I enjoy being part of a team. I do not let my disability affect me in achieving things in sports. I face all challenges with the heart to win."

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    What does Special Olympics mean to you?

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    "Special Olympics has changed my life. It has given me the opportunity to show my abilities in all sports. It has pushed me to improve and become better at my skills and challenges. I have achieved great success with Special Olympics and hope to continue in years to come."

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    What is the biggest challenge you have had to overcome?

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    "My biggest challenge is deafness. Playing a game makes me aware of where I need to be. I am always alert and making sure my teammates can pass me the ball. I do not let my hearing loss affect my goals or how I play the game."

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    Anything else you would like to mention?

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    "I have also been an athlete on my high school football team for 3 years. I enjoy all sports very much. I enjoy the skills they offer and the endurance behind them."

Lori Burr

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    What do you like the most about Special Olympics?

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    "I enjoy competing and meeting new people. I have really enjoyed traveling to other countries as well."

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    What have you accomplished because of Special Olympics?

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    "I have made many new friends. I have gotten to travel to several places, such as, Alaska, Ireland and Japan. I have even competed in the Special Olympics World Games in Alpine Skiing!"

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    Anything else you would like to mention?

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    "As a Special Olympics Louisiana Global Messenger, I really enjoy talking to people about Special Olympics. The doctor's told my parents what I could not do and Special Olympics shows the world what I can do!"

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    What are your hobbies?

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    "I really like collecting Beanie Babies, Barbies and listening to music."

Donnie Guillory

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    What is your favorite Special Olympics memory?

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    "When I won a gold medal at the State Fall Classic two years ago in aquatics. I tried hard, trained everyday and had a good attitude. I went out there and tried my best."

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    What would you say is your greatest accomplishment?

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    "In 2004 I was the Special Olympics Louisiana Male Athlete of the Year. I also have been to several Special Olympics World Games and I like whenever I win a medal in a Special Olympics competition."

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    How has Special Olympics changed your life?

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    "It has given me the chance to compete in different sports that I love and to make so many good friends around the world!"

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    What are some of your hobbies?

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    "I like collecting Disney pins, watching movies and playing video games. I also like competing and doing fun things like mountain climbing, I even got to rappel down the side of Tiger Stadium because of Special Olympics!"

Jennifer Nation

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    How has Special Olympics changed your life?

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    "I have broken out of my shell. I am no longer shy and I am not afraid to do anything!"

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    What is your most proudest accomplishment?

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    "I am proud that I have a high school certificate. I am also proud that I attended the 2010 Special Olympics USA Games in Nebraska for basketball. I was the only girl on the team and I made the winning shot at the last second of the game!"

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    What are your secrets to success?

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    "Practicing and working to get better. I try real hard and always want to do my best!"

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    How do you spend your free time?

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    "I like video games and cooking. Lately I spend all my time practicing at the Shreveport Parks and Recreation center for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. I train 5 days a week for 4 hours a day."

Denise Louque

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    How did you first get involved with Special Olympics?

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    "I first got involved when I was a student at Lutcher High School. Before Special Olympics I just stayed at home all the time and now I get out and do things!"

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    How has Special Olympics changed your life?

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    "Through practice and competition, I have gained confidence and encouraged others to be team players."

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    What is your favorite Special Olympics memory?

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    "In 1999, when I had the honor of participating in the Special Olympics World Games for Gymnastics, I competed in balance beam, bars, floor routine and the all-around competition. I came home with numerous medals and was honored to represent the United States and Louisiana."

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    What do you have coming up?

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    "I am going to the 2014 USA Games this summer. I want to improve my skills and show my dedication to Bocce. I also want to bring home a Gold Medal!"

JaMarcus Dennis

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    How did you first get involved with Special Olympics?

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    "I started when I was nine. I got started in school through Coach Cindy. I first started learning how to run track."

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    How has Special Olympics changed your life?

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    "I remember a time when I was not able to even shoot a basketball. Now I have made great improvements because of my dedication to Special Olympics. I am proud of my success in tennis and plan to keep working hard at the sport."

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    What is your favorite Special Olympics memory?

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    "When I went to Houston, Texas, and got the chance to swim. I enjoyed meeting lots of new people!"

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    What do you have coming up?

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    "I am excited about going to the USA Games and will enjoy traveling to another state. I didn't travel much before Special Olympics and that is one of my favorite parts of this experience." "I am ready to compete in Tennis at the USA Games. I constantly motivate myself to do better. I stay driven by training twice a week for at least four hours at a time. I always play hard and try my best!"

Courtney Calhoon

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    How has Special Olympics made an impact in your life?

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    "It has been life changing! It has helped me make new friends. My family has been very supportive and have gotten involved as well. Special Olympics allows me to spend time playing a sport that I enjoy with people whom I respect and they respect me."

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    Do you have a recent accomplishment?

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    "I put in a lot of hard work to attend the 2014 USA Games and I came home with two silver medals and one fourth place ribbon! I also recently made my high school Volleyball team!"

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    What is your favorite Special Olympics memory?

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    "Last year, when my cheerleading team participated at a National competition. Once our routine was done, the entire auditorium stood up and cheered for us! Recently, I really enjoyed making a new friend from another state at the 2014 USA Games."

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    What do you like to do in your spare time?

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    "I love fishing, coloring, playing with my brother, reading and listening to One Direction!"

Camrin Sandoz

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    How did you become involved in Special Olympics?

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    " I began with Special Olympics Louisiana by competing in Track and Field through school."

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    What is the highlight of your experience with Special Olympics?

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    "The first chance I had to attend a Summer Games. I loved and spending the weekend in the dorms in Hammond, Louisiana. I got to feel like a college student."

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    Have you ever been to National or World Games? (please list)?

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    "Yes, I went to the 2014 USA Games last month for Flag Football and our team won Gold. It was an amazing experience."

Shyla Pradia

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    How did you get involved with Special Olympics

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    I eagerly joined when my best friend encouraged me to try it out. Life before Special Olympics was pretty uneventful. I never had much to do, but now life is full of fun and activities!

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    What is your favorite Special Olympics memory?

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    My favorite memories with Special Olympics involve being around friends and winning gold medals.

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    What is your greatest accomplishment?

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    I feel my greatest accomplishment is learning to play softball. I credit my boyfriend for always supporting me and for encouraging me to keep going!

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    What is your secret to success?

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    My secret to success is to keep everyone laughing and maintaining a positive attitude.

Tara Bounds

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    What are your favorite hobbies?

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    "My favorite hobbies are sports, shopping, movies, concerts, music, and writing."

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    What is your favorite Special Olympics memory?

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    "I was able to go to the 2007 World Summer Games for Athletics all the way in China."

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    What accomplishments make you most proud of yourself?

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    "I was voted 2005 SOLA Female Athlete of the Year. I was able to go to National Games. I was a Booster Spirit Captain in High School. Also, having my job, family, and friends being proud of me is a great accomplishment."

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    How has Special Olympics changed your life?

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    "It has given me a chance to meet new people and make new friends. I feel better about my accomplishments. I like being able to do things and go places I would have never been able to."

Jacob Lafont

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    How did you get involved with Special Olympics?

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    I was taking swimming lessons and I was asked to join.

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    What was life like before Special Olympics?

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    I would only play video games and use my iPad. Now I like to train and swim.

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    What makes you a successful swimmer?

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    I practice 3 days a week and I try my best to swim hard and fast.

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    What would you say is your greatest accomplishment?

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    Winning two Gold Medals at Special Olympics meets is my greatest accomplishment.

Chris Blanchard

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    How did you get involved with Special Olympics?

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    "I was in school, and a PE teacher asked if I wanted to get involved."

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    What has been your favorite memory that happened since you have joined Special Olympics?

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    "I like meeting people and making friends."

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    What is your greatest accomplishment?

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    "Tennis. I have fun playing it and I like getting more into competition."

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    What is your secret to success?

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    "There is always room to get better. PRACTICE."

Gerren Brown

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    Why do you take part in Special Olympics?

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    "I participate in Special Olympics because I can compete in sports like all other athletes."

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    What are your secrets to success?

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    "Honesty, loyalty, listening, and compassion."

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    What are a few of your hobbies?

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    "I like bowling and listening to Zydeco music. I like to play my scrub board with my cousin. I also like to dance."

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    How has Special Olympics changed your life?

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    "It has taught me to be a competitor and not to expect to be the top winner all of the time."

Carol Maricle

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    What is your favorite hobby?

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    "My favorite hobby is watching movies. I also like attending local community events and I am an aunt!"

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    Who do you look up to the most and why?

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    "I look up to my sister, Ruth. i like when we spend time together."

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    What is your favorite Special Olympics memory?

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    "My favorite memory of Special Olympics has been getting to carry the torch during a lighting ceremony in Hammond, LA before a horseshoes event"

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    What is your secret to success?

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    "My secrets to success are do my best and have fun!"

Theodore Bazile

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    Why do you take part in Special Olympics?

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    "Special Olympics teaches me how to play sports and offers me the opportunity to compete. This is what i love to do."

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    What is your favorite hobby?

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    "I enjoy helping the community and being involved in my church."

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    What is your greatest accomplishment?

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    "Participating in the USA Games in New Jersey and bringing home 4 gold medals. It was AWESOME!"

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    How has Special Olympics changed your life?

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    "Special Olympics has allowed me to have a large circle of friends, travel to represent my state and in July i will represent my country as part of Special Olympics Team USA. Special Olympics has given me opportunities that I never thought of, which is wonderful."

Rebecca Hulse

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    What is your greatest accomplishment?

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    My greatest accomplishment is learning how to swim, competing in swim meets, and winning a gold medal for swimming.

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    What is your secret to success?

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    I keep trying.

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    What was your life like before joining Special Olympics?

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    I was in a bad foster home. Life was not fun. No one ever thought I could do anything. I never thought I could do anything. Now I am not afraid to try new things.

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    What are the goals you have set for yourself?

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    I want to set a record for swimming the butterfly. I also want to become a better bowler and i would like to run a 200 m.

Meghan Elliott

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    What is your favorite memory while involved in Special Olympics?

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    My favorite memory is going bowling with the whole gang!

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    What did you do to get to this level in Special Olympics?

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    I practice consistently.

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    What is your secret to success?

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    The love and support from my Mom and Dad.

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    What would you say is your greatest accomplishment?

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    When I won most improved in bowling.

Scott Barnett

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    What is your favorite memory while involved in Special Olympics?

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    My favorite memory is running track and participating in the LSU Gumbo races.

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    What would you say is your greatest accomplishment?

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    Getting my job at the Fresh Market is my greatest accomplishment.

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    What is your secret to success?

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    My secret to success is to be the best I can, try hard, and have fun.

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    Who helped you most to get to this point?

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    Fellow bowlers, volunteers, and my parents help a lot too!

Robert Eagle

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    What was life like before getting involved with Special Olympics?

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    My life was not very fun. I didn't have much of a social life and now I do.

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    What is your favorite Special Olympics memory?

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    Playing horseshoes for the first time is my favorite. I won two Gold medals!

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    When is a time that you over came something?

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    I overcome something every day. I have overcome medical problems and disabilities. I own my own home, car, and I work at a hospital. I have to overcome this to live life to the fullest.

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    What would you say is your greatest accomplishment?

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    My greatest accomplishment is overcoming my disabilities and becoming successful. I have learned to be happy with how the Lord has made me.

Wayne & Daniel Matherne

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    What is your favorite memory from Special Olympics?

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    Getting to play at the National Games.

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    What is a time you overcame something?

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    We made if from playing t ball to playing softball at the National Games.

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    What is your greatest accomplishments?

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    Winning gold medals!

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    What are your secrets to success?

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    Having a good coach and family.

Mark Klumpp

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    What have you done to reach this level in Special Olympics?

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    I have worked very hard and my coach has helped me a lot.

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    What is your secret to success?

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    Having friends who support me.

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    What is your favorite Special Olympics memory?

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    My favorite memory is meeting new people. I enjoy having fun with my team mates.

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    What is your greatest achievement?

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    A win with my team is always my greatest achievement.

Amy Latiolais

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    What is your favorite memory from Special Olympics?

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    My favorite memory is making friends.

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    What is your greatest accomplishment?

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    My favorite accomplishment is winning gold medals.

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    What is your secret to success?

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    My secret to success is my angels sitting on my shoulders.

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    What are some ways you can improve?

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    I can improve by practicing more and paying attention.

Thomas Roberts

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    What was life like before Special Olympics?

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    I didn't play sports. I watched videos and read.

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    What is a time you overcame something?

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    I overcame pain in my legs while running. Now I can run track.

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    What is your greatest accomplishments?

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    Becoming a senior in high school, winning medals, and making new friends!

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    What do you think are your secrets to success?

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    My secrets to success are exercising every day, staying happy, and praying.

Tasha Bonura

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    How did you get involved with SOLA?

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    I had a friend who was doing Special Olympics and they told me about it.

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    What is your secret to success?

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    Working hard!

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    What is your favorite Special Olympics memory?

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    Making friends is my favorite memory.

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    What is something you have had to covercome?

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    I have had to overcome losing a game.

Chaneika Smith

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    What was life like before Special Olympics?

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    All I did was work. Life is better since I've been a part of Special Olympics because I'm always actively involved in something.

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    Who has helped you the most at this point?

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    Coach Randa and all of the other Coaches. I love how they teach me to become a better athlete!

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    What is your key to success?

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    To hit the ball and never miss, I will practice in becoming the best that I can possibly be!

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    What are your goals?

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    First place, but I am happy with any place as long as I know that I have done my best!

Artis Leary

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    What is your secret to success?

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    Being myself is my secret to success!

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    What did you do to reach this level in Special Olympics?

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    I am always friendly and I am always playing sports.

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    How does it make you feel when people use the R-word?

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    It's terrible. No one should ever feel that way.

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    What is your greatest achievement?

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    Graduating from high school is my greatest achievement.

Kevin Scallan

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    What was life like before getting involved with Special Olympics?

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    Before Special Olympics, I didn't have a social life, and I didn't travel much.

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    What is your favorite Special Olympics memory?

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    I love swimming and winning medals. I enjoy being with my friends.

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    What are some obstacles you haveovercome?

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    I am very auditory sensitive. My social skills are good, and my stamina is better.

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    How often do you train?

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    I practice two times a week.

Gretchen Doyle

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    What are some ways you can improve?

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    I can listen to my coaches more.

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    What is your secret to success?

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    Hard work and practice!

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    What are the goals you have set for yourself?

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    Improving my personal best.

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    What is your greatest achievement?

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    Winning medals in swimming.

Florena Evans

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    What is your family life like?

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    I have a twin brother, one sister, and a half brother. We have four chickens, a cat, a dog, and a squirrel as pets.

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    What is your favorite hobby?

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    I like photography and playing basketball.

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    What is your favorite Special Olympics memory?

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    Winning gold medals in my sports.

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    What is your key to success?

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    The coaches help a lot, but practicing hard is important too.

chandler mogerman

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    What are some interesting facts about yourself?

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    I am the only autistic person in my family. I have two brothers, I love fast rides, and Disney World.

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    What is your favorite memory that has happened while you have been with Special Olympics?

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    My favorite memory was when I dressed up like Michael Jackson for the Halloween dance at State Fall Classic.

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    Who has helped you the most to get to this point?

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    Ms. Katie Botts, my coach, has helped me most. She is always there when I need help with anything.

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    What are you goals?

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    I want to graduate high school and get a job. I want to go to Los Angeles and visit where the celebrities are. I would love to go to a Rams game and Disney World!

Kandice Barber

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    Do you have any siblings?

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    Yes, i have two sisters and three brothers.

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    What are your hobbies?

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    I love to write essays and short books. I also love to sing and read Nancy Drew books.

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    Are you employed?

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    Yes, I have worked at St. Amant Daycare Home for 21 years.

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    What is your favorite Special Olympics memory?

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    My sister coaching me all of these years is my favorite.

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