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Athletes earn Special Olympics medals
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Thirteen students from Long County High School participated in the Special Olympics State Fall Games last month and, between them, earned five medals.

Seven athletes and six unified partners competed on the LCHS team, netting two gold medals, one silver medal and two bronze medals. There were also a few fourth-place finishers.

Seth Golden and Ashley Foster’s two-person team nabbed a gold, as did Christa Prescott and Nataria Gaulden’s team. The silver medal went to Harry Shouse and Michelle Thacker. The bronze medal teams were Chris Groover and Tashanna Livingston, and D.J. Diller and Krystal Parks. Miracle Ashley, Ted Boyd and Jerry Newberry placed fourth.

Michael Taylor, Jason Lee, Krystal Middleton and special education teacher Ryan Bailey coached the teams.

"Our Special Olympic program consists of dedicated athletes and volunteers who prepare to be successful in the statewide bocce competition; they practiced for weeks on their bocce skills and they displayed their ability in Statesboro," Bailey said.

He added, "There will be more games during the school year, including a bowling event in Marietta and a track and field event in the spring, and we are looking to bring home more medals."

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