Area 12 Athlete of the Year


Porter honored at Special Olympics

Courtesy photo Sims Middle School student Helesha Porter was named Area 12 Special Olympics Middle School Athlete of the Year during the Opening Ceremonies at the SC School for the Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg on April 19. Here Helesha holds the trophy she was given as Area 12 Special Olympics Middle School Athlete of the Year. She is a student in Mrs. Betty Ann Carroll’s class at Sims and was nominated by her teacher for the award.


Courtesy photo Sims Middle School student Austyn English is a member of Betty Ann Caroll’s class at Sims Middle. She and her classmates took part in the Track and Field Special Olympics held at the SC School for the Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg on April 19. The students competed in the 50 Meter Dash and the Softball Throw.


Courtesy photo Sims Middle School student Kyle Hudson and Assistant Principal Dennis Cooper were among the Sims Middle faculty and students to participate in the Track and Field Special Olympics held at the SC School for the Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg on April 19. Kyle is a student in Betty Ann Carroll’s class and he and his fellow classmates competed in the 50 Meter Dash and the Softball Throw. Cooper was one of the many school officials and other volunteers to assist the students. Also assisting the students were Nancy Lawson and John Henderson.


Courtesy photo Sims Middle School student Chandler Austin stands ready to run the 50 Meter Dash at the Track and Field Special Olympics held at the SC School for the Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg on April 19. Chandler is a student in Betty Ann Carroll's class and he and his fellow classmates competed in not only the 50 Meter Dash but also the Softball Throw.


Courtesy photo Sims Middle School student Nathaniel Clark is ready to compete in the Softball Throw at the Track and Field Special Olympics held at the SC School for the Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg on April 19. Nathaniel is a student in Betty Ann Carroll’s class and he and his fellow classmates competed in not only the Softball Throw but also the 50 Meter Dash.


Courtesy photo Sims Middle School student Connor Mulligan winds back to throw the ball during the Softball Throw at the Track and Field Special Olympics held at the SC School for the Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg on April 19. Connor is is a student in Betty Ann Carroll’s class and he and his fellow classmates competed in not only the Softball Throw but also the 50 Meter Dash


Courtesy photo The class of Sims Middle School teacher Betty Ann Carroll poses for a picture during the Track and Field Special Olympics held at the SC School for the Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg on April 19. The students competed in the 50 Meter Dash and Softball Throw events and student Helesha Porter was named Area 12 Special Olympics Middle School Athlete of the Year. Pictured from left to right are Betty Ann Carroll, Austyn English, Helesha Porter (with trophy), Chandler Austin, Nathaniel Clark, teaching assistant Nancy Lawson (back), and Connor Mullingan (giving the thumbs up).


SPARTANBURG — A Sims Middle School student has been named the Area 12 Special Olympics Middle School Athlete of the Year.

In a statement released this week, Sims Middle School announced that Helesha Porter, a student in Mrs. Betty Ann Caroll’s class, was nominated by her teacher for the Athlete of the Year Award.

The press releases states that at the Track and Field Special Olympics held April 19 at the SC School for the Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg, Helesha was given a trophy at the Opening Ceremonies and named Area 12 Special Olympics Middle School Athlete of the Year.

Area 12 includes Union, Spartanburg, and Cherokee counties.

The following statements about Helesha were included in Mrs. Carroll’s nomination of her for this award:

“When training for events in Special Olympics, Helesha always gives more than 100 percent. Because of her physical limitations, she has to work much harder than many students and has to find different ways to accomplish the objective of the sport. For example, in basketball she uses one hand, and she will practice over and over to try to get the basketball into the hoop. She never gives up. Helesha also has a great attitude all the time and encourages her classmates and teachers. When her classmates perform, she claps for them and tells them, ‘Good job!’ Helesha is everyone’s best cheerleader, encouraging and loving always.”

Mrs. Carroll also wrote about Helesha that her smile lights up the room wherever she goes and that she definitely exemplifies the spirit of the Special Olympics oath: “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Courtesy photo Sims Middle School student Helesha Porter was named Area 12 Special Olympics Middle School Athlete of the Year during the Opening Ceremonies at the SC School for the Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg on April 19. Here Helesha holds the trophy she was given as Area 12 Special Olympics Middle School Athlete of the Year. She is a student in Mrs. Betty Ann Carroll’s class at Sims and was nominated by her teacher for the award.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_SpOlym1.jpgCourtesy photo Sims Middle School student Helesha Porter was named Area 12 Special Olympics Middle School Athlete of the Year during the Opening Ceremonies at the SC School for the Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg on April 19. Here Helesha holds the trophy she was given as Area 12 Special Olympics Middle School Athlete of the Year. She is a student in Mrs. Betty Ann Carroll’s class at Sims and was nominated by her teacher for the award.

Courtesy photo Sims Middle School student Austyn English is a member of Betty Ann Caroll’s class at Sims Middle. She and her classmates took part in the Track and Field Special Olympics held at the SC School for the Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg on April 19. The students competed in the 50 Meter Dash and the Softball Throw.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_SpOlym2.jpgCourtesy photo Sims Middle School student Austyn English is a member of Betty Ann Caroll’s class at Sims Middle. She and her classmates took part in the Track and Field Special Olympics held at the SC School for the Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg on April 19. The students competed in the 50 Meter Dash and the Softball Throw.

Courtesy photo Sims Middle School student Kyle Hudson and Assistant Principal Dennis Cooper were among the Sims Middle faculty and students to participate in the Track and Field Special Olympics held at the SC School for the Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg on April 19. Kyle is a student in Betty Ann Carroll’s class and he and his fellow classmates competed in the 50 Meter Dash and the Softball Throw. Cooper was one of the many school officials and other volunteers to assist the students. Also assisting the students were Nancy Lawson and John Henderson.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_SpOlym3.jpgCourtesy photo Sims Middle School student Kyle Hudson and Assistant Principal Dennis Cooper were among the Sims Middle faculty and students to participate in the Track and Field Special Olympics held at the SC School for the Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg on April 19. Kyle is a student in Betty Ann Carroll’s class and he and his fellow classmates competed in the 50 Meter Dash and the Softball Throw. Cooper was one of the many school officials and other volunteers to assist the students. Also assisting the students were Nancy Lawson and John Henderson.

Courtesy photo
Sims Middle School student Chandler Austin stands ready to run the 50 Meter Dash at the Track and Field Special Olympics held at the SC School for the Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg on April 19. Chandler is a student in Betty Ann Carroll’s class and he and his fellow classmates competed in not only the 50 Meter Dash but also the Softball Throw.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_thumbnail_SpOlym4.jpgCourtesy photo
Sims Middle School student Chandler Austin stands ready to run the 50 Meter Dash at the Track and Field Special Olympics held at the SC School for the Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg on April 19. Chandler is a student in Betty Ann Carroll’s class and he and his fellow classmates competed in not only the 50 Meter Dash but also the Softball Throw.

Courtesy photo Sims Middle School student Nathaniel Clark is ready to compete in the Softball Throw at the Track and Field Special Olympics held at the SC School for the Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg on April 19. Nathaniel is a student in Betty Ann Carroll’s class and he and his fellow classmates competed in not only the Softball Throw but also the 50 Meter Dash.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_thumbnail_SpOlym5.jpgCourtesy photo Sims Middle School student Nathaniel Clark is ready to compete in the Softball Throw at the Track and Field Special Olympics held at the SC School for the Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg on April 19. Nathaniel is a student in Betty Ann Carroll’s class and he and his fellow classmates competed in not only the Softball Throw but also the 50 Meter Dash.

Courtesy photo Sims Middle School student Connor Mulligan winds back to throw the ball during the Softball Throw at the Track and Field Special Olympics held at the SC School for the Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg on April 19. Connor is is a student in Betty Ann Carroll’s class and he and his fellow classmates competed in not only the Softball Throw but also the 50 Meter Dash
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_SpOlym6.jpgCourtesy photo Sims Middle School student Connor Mulligan winds back to throw the ball during the Softball Throw at the Track and Field Special Olympics held at the SC School for the Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg on April 19. Connor is is a student in Betty Ann Carroll’s class and he and his fellow classmates competed in not only the Softball Throw but also the 50 Meter Dash

Courtesy photo The class of Sims Middle School teacher Betty Ann Carroll poses for a picture during the Track and Field Special Olympics held at the SC School for the Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg on April 19. The students competed in the 50 Meter Dash and Softball Throw events and student Helesha Porter was named Area 12 Special Olympics Middle School Athlete of the Year. Pictured from left to right are Betty Ann Carroll, Austyn English, Helesha Porter (with trophy), Chandler Austin, Nathaniel Clark, teaching assistant Nancy Lawson (back), and Connor Mullingan (giving the thumbs up).
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_SpOlym7.jpgCourtesy photo The class of Sims Middle School teacher Betty Ann Carroll poses for a picture during the Track and Field Special Olympics held at the SC School for the Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg on April 19. The students competed in the 50 Meter Dash and Softball Throw events and student Helesha Porter was named Area 12 Special Olympics Middle School Athlete of the Year. Pictured from left to right are Betty Ann Carroll, Austyn English, Helesha Porter (with trophy), Chandler Austin, Nathaniel Clark, teaching assistant Nancy Lawson (back), and Connor Mullingan (giving the thumbs up).
Porter honored at Special Olympics

This story courtesy of Sims Middle School.

This story courtesy of Sims Middle School.

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