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Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) is pleased to announce that Souderton Area High School has been named a National Banner Unified Champion School!

A Special Olympics Unified Champion School has an inclusive school climate and exudes a sense of collaboration, engagement and respect for all members of the student body and staff. A Unified Champion School receiving national banner recognition is one that has demonstrated commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 national standards of excellence. These standards were developed by a national panel of leaders from Special Olympics and the education community.

The primary activities within these standards include: Special Olympics Unified Sports® (where students with and without disabilities train and compete as teammates), Inclusive Youth Leadership and Whole-School Engagement. Banner Unified Champion Schools should also be able to demonstrate that they are self-sustainable or have a plan in place to sustain these activities into the future.

Recently, two Souderton high school students who are Special Olympics athletes and members of the Unified Bocce and Track and Field teams were crowned homecoming king and queen.

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Photo Credit: Souderton Area High School student Lauren Yuhasz.

Kevin Lezynski and Karly Ditlow were named king and queen during the homecoming football game between Souderton Area High School and William Tennent High School on October 6th. According to Teacher and Coach Bryan Fagan, it was a grassroots effort by the junior and senior class that helped nominate the two athletes.

On Thursday, November 30, 2017, Souderton Area High School will host a special banner presentation in their gymnasium from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Special guests slated to attend this National Banner Recognition are: Dr. Timothy Shriver, Chairman, Special Olympics International; Dr. David Volkman, Executive Deputy Secretary, PA Dept of Education; and Dr. Robert Lombardi, Executive Director, PA Interscholastic Athletic Association.

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Check Out Souderton Area High School in the News!

Souderton Independent

Homecoming king & queen highlight Souderton Area High School inclusiveness, Unified Sports

Fox 29 News

Special needs students named homecoming king and queen in Souderton