SULPHUR, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Deaf’s Academic Team competed April 1-3 at Gallaudet University’s national Academic Bowl for Deaf and hard of hearing high school students in Washington, DC.
The OSD team was one of 20 in the U.S. that won the right to advance to the national competition.
Gallaudet University oversees the competition and is the world leader in liberal arts education and career development for deaf and hard of hearing students.
Each year, the University hosts four regional competitions for up to 80 teams.
OSD earned third place against 19 teams at the Gallaudet Regional Academic Bowl held in Indianapolis on Feb 24-25. Senior Dawn Sledd was selected for the all-tournament team.
The team played 4 matches the first day and ended the day undefeated. On Saturday, they lost their first two and won the next two matches to finish second in their pool of 9 teams. They were then eligible to play for and win 3rd place against the Minnesota state Academy for the Deaf.
Senior Dawn Sledd was selected for the all-tournament team at the Gallaudet Regional Academic Bowl held in Indianapolis.
The OSD Academic Team includes Ezra Hart, Calise Cox, Dawn Sledd and Maxwell Graves.
Sophomore Ezra Hart is the son of Daniel and Cassandra Hart of Oklahoma City. Ezra is a first-time player.
Calise Cox, also a senior, is the daughter of Quwanniaisha Thrash and the granddaughter of John Traylor of Ardmore. She played for the first time this year.
Senior Dawn Sledd is the daughter of Donna Saaty of Ada and Jason Sledd of Sulphur. She has competed on the Academic Team for four years.
Senior Maxwell Graves also competed for the first time this year. He is the son of Mark and Susan Graves from Sapulpa, OK.
The students are coached by OSD teachers Deb Ulery and Lawson Pair from Sulphur.
“We are proud that OSD is among the top four teams from our region going to Washington, DC,” Deborah Ulery, team coach and OSD teacher said. “It’s an honor to compete with the top 20 schools in the nation for the national title.”
The Academic Team has competed at the national Academic Bowl every year since 2015, which was the first year OSD has ever qualified for that honor.
OSD students meet all graduation requirements public schools and have achieved a 100-percent graduation rate for six years. In 2016, 240 students lived at the school during the week, commuted from home or attended summer school classes. OSD operates two satellite preschools at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond and the University of Arts and Sciences of Oklahoma in Chickasha. As the statewide resource center for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, OSD provides thousands of free evaluations and direct services each year for students attending local public schools, their families and educators. The school is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.