Three School for the Blind students will compete in national Braille Challenge®

3 smiling young people

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Three Oklahoma School for the Blind champions will represent the state in the national Braille Challenge® competition in Los Angeles this summer.

The finalists are: Katelynn Zampella, Richelle Zampella, both from Muskogee, and Hunter Kelley from Claremore.

The OSB students were selected based on their scores in the Oklahoma Regional Braille Challenge® held at OSB in March. Braille students in grades one through 12 participated at the regional level.

Go back in time with us with this classic press release - meet Julie Hildebrand



This media release was originally released on Dec. 22, 2014. DRS has been empowering Oklahomans for 25 years.


Disability does not define super-achieving Tulsa law school graduate

Hildebrand dons her graduation cap.

TULSA, Okla. ─ Julie Hildebrand graduated Friday (Dec. 19) with a 3.48 grade point average after only two years at the University of Tulsa law school.

The pretty, 24-year old Jenks resident has already accepted a contingent job offer at Occidental Petroleum in Houston.

Hildebrand is among the brightest graduates – she calls herself a nerd -- but she won’t be the tallest student.

Hildebrand has a rare form of dwarfism called 3M syndrome.

School for the Blind students to volunteer for community service day May 1

Young man watches young woman pour pancake batter from a pitcher

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Fifty-six Oklahoma School for the Blind students will volunteer May 1 for the school’s
annual “OSB Gives Back Day.”

Following a panel discussion about the importance of volunteering, four groups of students and sponsors will head out from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.to locations around Muskogee.

Some students will pop in to do random acts of kindness at the Muskogee police department and fire stations.

A fifth group will assist with projects on the OSB campus.

OK School for the Deaf sophomore class t-shirt fundraiser

Black t-shirt with words What part of, the hands fingerspelling sign language and words don't you understand

Oklahoma School for the Deaf wants to share exciting news! The sophomore class is doing a big sign language t-shirt fundraiser. Check it out at https://www.bonfire.com/osd-class-of-2021-sign-language-shirt/.
The best part is you can choose your own style and color! Jamie Wilson says, "Please go to the link and look! We hope you will support us!" The sale of shirts online will end on May 5th. Thank you for your support!

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