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Christian Turner and Rashad Heath, bowling team members, herald “Go Dogs” through the Olympic microphone as Christian Marsh Rosier, an instructor looks on.

The 12-member Thomson High School Olympic Bowling Team was given the all-star treatment Jan. 10 as they prepared to leave the school for the Winter Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Students and faculty lined the senior patio to offer the athletes a spirited sendoff as they burst through a banner proclaiming, “loving our dogs.”  At the Dog Walk, the team members ran and walked down the walkway and were met with cheers, applause, and music proclaiming them winners as they prepared to board an Olympics bound bus.

The team left Jan. 10 for the Jan. 11 competition to attend an event filled with STEM activities at IFLY.   The Bowling Competition began at 8 a.m. and students bowled in their matches until 4 p.m.

According to Corie Johnson, advisor and special education instructor at Thomson High School, the team members practiced all year for winter competition.

THS is a part of the Generation Unified, an effort to include and welcome special needs students into all of school life and celebrates all abilities.  At school, a “buddy,” a student paired with him or her throughout the academic year, accompanies the students.   

“Generation Unified is about inclusion and, with Special Olympics, does unified sports, training, spirit events and competition for the students,” Johnson said.

The buddies who work with the members on the team accompanied the athletes in the Dogwalk and were cheered as well.

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