Five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) high schools participated Feb. 15 in the Special Olympics Maryland Unified Indoor Bocce State Championship at Hagerstown Community College in Hagerstown.
The competition is sectioned into divisions represented by colors. In the Green Division, La Plata High School Team 1 came in fifth place with Maurice J. McDonough High School’s Team 6 coming in seventh. La Plata’s Team 2 came in second place and earned a silver medal in the Blue Division. McDonough’s Team 5 was in the Yellow Division where it came in second and took home a silver medal. In the Red Division, Westlake High School’s Team 2 came in second and was awarded a silver medal.
The coaches of the winning teams include William Boehm, a technology education teacher, and Stephanie Barry, a special education teacher, of La Plata; David Bradshaw, a physical education teacher at McDonough; Matthew Petricoin, CCPS vision teacher; and Derwin Webb, a special education SOAR instructional assistant (IA) at Westlake.
Unified sports teams are composed of a combination of students with and without disabilities who train together and compete against other unified teams. Bocce is a sport played on a bocce court, or an area of play featuring a hard surface. The goal of the sport is to roll a bocce ball closest to a target ball, which is called a pallina. Teams earn points for how close their bocce balls roll or end near the pallina.
Charles County Public Schools provides 27,598 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.
CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school facilities in accordance with its Use of Facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).