Dragons vs. Roadrunners – How do you decide?

You know that expression, when it rains it pours? Well, that’s the case with me. I have two important events coming up at the end of May, and haven’t figured out how to clone myself so I can participate in both. Come to think of it, I’d have to clone my parents too so they can glory in my awesomeness.

Here’s the story:

The commencement ceremony for Round Rock High School, class of 2011 is on May 28th. The problem? The Round Rock Roadrunners are going to be in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the summer Special Olympics games May 26th – 29th. Sadly, I can’t be at two places at the same time so I have to choose which event I will be attending. Oh the agony! I have to choose between the Dragons and the Roadrunners. Not fun.

Graduating from high school is a major accomplishment, and I am honored to be a part of the Class of 2011. If the Special Olympics tournament wasn’t scheduled on the same day as graduation, I would happily be tossing my mortar board in the air with the rest of the seniors. Sadly, that is not the case.

Instead, I will be representing the Round Rock Roadrunners in two cycling events – the 1K and 5K (adaptive 3-wheel) road races. All Round Rock ISD high school students who choose to attend the summer games will be traveling by bus with the coaches and staying in a hotel, without parents!  Can you believe it? Three and half blissful days without my mom nagging me to hang up my wet towels or make my bed! Hopefully Coach Spitzer or Coach Stephanie (my cycling coaches) won’t take up her cause.

The 2011 Summer Games will be hosted by the University of Texas at Arlington. The events will include track & field, basketball, cycling, equestrian, gymnastics, soccer and tennis. I had to choose whether or not I was going to compete in track and field or cycling. Since I’m better at cycling, I decided to throw my hat into that ring. I think my track coach is till mad at my decision…sorry Coach Pratz!

Anyhoo…I’ll be leaving school early on May 26th, and won’t be back to Round Rock till Sunday at noon. The track & field events are going to be on Friday, and the cycling will be on Saturday. My parents will be there to cheer me on Saturday, but aren’t invited to the big celebration dance afterwards, and will be forced to spend the night in a hotel by themselves. I am sure they are very depressed about me being gone for three days without them.

I however, am very excited about the possibility of adding more “bling” to my medal collection. I understand the competition will be fierce but I’m going to give it my all.

Some of you have asked, “What happens after graduation?” I will be moving into a transitional program for students 18-22. There will be approximately 20 students in the program who have graduated from one of four comprehensive high schools in Round Rock.

I will still continue to work at JCP two days a week, but will now have new job coaches checking on me occasionally. The rest of my school week will be customized for my needs. I will also be volunteering 2-3 days a week at a Senior Center, working out at the gym and hopefully taking some computer and art classes. It is hard to say exactly what my schedule will be until school starts up again in August, we are hoping that it will be packed full of educational and fun things to do.

Since I am still in the Round Rock school system, I will continue to participate in Roadrunner Special Olympics. This summer I plan on participating in SO golf. Unfortunately it begins in late July, which means we will be playing in 90+ degree heat, along with high humidity. (Ugh!) The good news is that my golf partner will be my DAD! Woo-Hoo! When we compete, we will play nine holes, and alternate shots so I won’t have to carry the whole load. (Hear that dad???)

Well, that’s a brief wrap up on Special Olympics. We still have a post coming about the track & field tournament on April 30th, AND the amazing end-of-year Special Olympics Awards ceremony that I attended last night. As usual it was really well done. Think “Academy Awards” ceremony minus the red carpet and snarky fashion commentators. Oh yeah…and everyone came out a winner.

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