By Lauren Hunt ’16
It was the last day before break, and ten Special Olympic volunteers and four athletes (Miles Jackson, Michael Thibodeau, Nichole Brackett, and Crystal Miller) set off in a white bus for Lost Valley in Auburn, Maine for our Regional Winter Olympics Fun in the Sun Day. It was time for our outstanding athletes to show their skills in two races: the twenty-five meter snowshoe dash and the fifty meter snowshoe dash. Once arriving, we mingled with the other volunteers and athletes from surrounding schools including Boothbay Region, Wiscasset, and Mount Ararat.
In between the start and finish lines, Miles, Nichole, Crystal, and Michael killed it! In the 25 meter snowshoe dash, Michael and Crystal ran hard to the finish, achieving second place in their heats. Nichole and Miles sprinted to the finish line, both earning first place in their heats.
The second race (fifty meter snowshoe dash) showed just as much success. Miles was the champion, earning first place in his heat. Crystal snowshoed her way to second place in her heat. Nichole snowshoed her heart out to third place and Michael the speedster climbed the podium to fourth place.
All the volunteers were amazing, running the entire event for the surrounding schools and doing it with a smile while supporting all athletes (especially our own). Allie Gorrill, Addie Vermilion, Tessa Walsh, Gus Hunt, and Nolen Michael ran the individual timers for all the athletes. Gus Williams, Lily Goltz, and Lauren Hunt stood at the starting line, getting everyone into their appropriate heats. Ben Halm and Peter Cooke were the flaggers, starting each race, and putting smiles on each athlete every time. The light that shines on and from everyone in moments like these are ones we, as a school, should be proud of. Lincoln Academy has an incredible group of kids standing with Special Olympics and the efforts both volunteers and athletes does not go unnoticed. Thank you to all who participated in the event in some way, shape, or form; it was a huge success!
Lauren Hunt is a senior at Lincoln Academy, where she is a Project Unify Leader, and a Special Olympic Partner and Volunteer.