SULPHUR — The Senior Class of 2017 will graduate from the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in a commencement ceremony that will be held at 1 p.m. May 25, in the OSD gym, at 1100 East Oklahoma Street in Sulphur.
The OSD 2017 graduating class includes Calise LeeAnn Cox, Michael Lorenzo Gordon, Maxwell Quentin Graves, Aaron Cole Hutchins, Eleazar De La Torre Ledezma, Amanda Lee Pack, Savannah Violet Schlegel and Dawn Jolynn Sledd.
“I am very proud of the graduating class this year. We have students who have the potential to be leaders and do great things,” Larry Hawkins, OSD superintendent, said.
Cox is the daughter of Quwannialisha Thrash and granddaughter of John Traylor of Ardmore. Cox has attended OSD for five years. She was on the OSD Academic Team, and played volleyball, basketball, track and cheerleading. She was Vice-President of the Senior Class and a member of National Honor Society, Student Government, OSD Yearbook, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Tech Now and Occupational Training Opportunities for the Deaf.
She is enrolled in East Central University for the fall, and will be studying pre-med.
Gordon is the son of Marie and Joe Gordon of Wagoner. He played football and basketball, and was a member of FCCLA and OSD Student Government. He was also involved in the welding program and the Occupational Training Opportunities for the Deaf program.
He hopes to attend college to become an athletic trainer.
Graves is the son of Susan and Mark Graves of Sapulpa. He was on the OSD Academic Team and Golf Team. He was the Senior Class Treasurer and involved in FCCLA, Welding, Student Government, OSD Yearbook and National Honor Society.
He hopes to study to become a wind turbine technician at OSU.
Hutchins is the son of Joe Lee Hutchins of Ardmore. He was on the OSD Golf Team, and involved in FCCLA, Occupational Training Opportunities for the Deaf, Business and Professionals of America and the welding program.
He plans to begin working at Boomerang restaurant in Ardmore on the day after graduation.
Ledezma is the son of Monica De La Torre and Berna Ledezma of Tulsa. He played football and basketball. He was involved in FCCLA and Youth Leadership Murray County.
He plans to attend Tulsa Community College for his basics, and has not decided on a major yet.
Pack is the daughter of Scarlet and Chris Pack of Sulphur. She plays volleyball, basketball and does barrel racing. She is involved in FCCLA, Occupational Training Opportunities for the Deaf, and Business Professionals of America.
Schlegel is the daughter of Lou Ellen and David Schlegel of Spencer. She played volleyball, basketball, track, golf and cheerleading. She is on the National Honor Society and was involved in Student Government, Student Ambassador program, FCCLA, Business Professionals of America, Occupational Training Opportunities for the Deaf and Youth Leadership Murray County.
Schlegel plans to attend OSU/OKC for her Associate’s Degree and then transfer to OSU to become a veterinarian.
Sledd is the daughter of Donna and William Saaty of Ada, and Jason and Robin Sledd of Sulphur. She competed on the OSD Academic Team, Volleyball Team and Basketball Team. She was Senior Class President, President of OSD FCCLA and President of the OSD chapter of the National Honor Society. She was also involved in Student Government and Youth Leadership Murray County Class III.
Sledd has been accepted at Connors State College where she will study nursing. She plans to get her RN certification as well as a Bachelor’s degree in nursing.
OSD is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS), a state agency which assists Oklahomans with disabilities through vocational rehabilitation, education, employment, independent living programs and the determination of medical eligibility for disability benefits.
OSD has been located in Sulphur since 1908. OSD provides residential and day school educational services at no charge for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The school provides a range of outreach programs, including pre-school programs and onsite consultation for public school students, their families, public school districts and communities statewide.