We are excited to announce that we are now a NATIONAL Banner Unified Champion School! Hilo High is one of only 3 schools in Hawaii to earn this honor. To read more about the criteria to become a National Banner Unified Champion School, check out the Special Olympics website link: https://goo.gl/qMUPLv
At a recognition ceremony, held Monday, August 28, 2017, Special Olympics Hawaii State Unifed Manager Mollie Bruhl said: "Special Olympics is a nonprofit organization that provides year round sports training and competition to people with intellectual disabilities. They also advocate for the acceptance and inclusion of people with disabilities. Hilo High has helped promote their mission for over 8 years through the many activities that go on right here on your campus. Hopefully, you’ve been able to participate in some of those activities in your time at Hilo High! Thank you to the students, teachers, staff, and administrators here at Hilo High for your efforts to promote inclusion and respect for all!"
Heartfelt testimony from several of Hilo High's Unified Partners and Athletes painted a vivid picture for the crowd about how Special Olympics has changed their lives. "I was always getting into trouble, but now I really like school....Hilo High is the best school on the island!", said a Special-O Athlete. "I have learned more from my athlete partner than they have learned from me.", said a unified partner.
The ceremony ended with lots of picture-taking and the recital of the Special Olympics Pledge: "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." Special Guest emcee Keala from KWXX Radio, Special Olympics East Hawaii Area Director JaNeal Stevens, Hilo High Principal Robert Dircks, and Mr. Patrick Jenkins (representing the DOE Hilo-Waiakea Complex Area) joined in honoring the school for their special accomplishment!
CONGRATULATIONS Vikings for exhibiting empathy, compassion, and inclusion as standard by which you live and learn.
Watch the event: