Ragon Earns Gold
December 12, 2019
Tecumseh resident Kaylee Ragon earned a gold medal at Oklahoma School for the Blind's seventh Oklahoma Regional Cane Quest competition in Muskogee.
Ragon, a senior at OSB, competed to earn points and win prizes with 33 other cane users from across the state.
Her award in the Trailblazers category included competitors in grades 10 through 12.
Cane Quest contestants in 7th through 12th grades followed verbal directions and demonstrated proper cane skills and travel techniques to complete routes in downtown Muskogee.
Younger students competed in a variety of travel tasks on the OSB campus in Muskogee.
Certified orientation and mobility specialists and teachers of the visually impaired scored contestants.
Competitors participated in a Beep Baseball Clinic following Cane Quest.
The six-inning sport gives auditory signals from a beeping ball and buzzing bases to athletes who are blind or visually impaired.
"I'm still hearing from kids about how much fun they had during Cane Quest, and, of course, they especially loved getting prizes and medals." Faye Miller, OSB certified orientation and mobility instructor and Cane Quest regional organizer, said. "They all had a great time during the competition showing off their skills and playing beep baseball afterward."
More than 60 volunteers assisted with training, transportation, contest operation and food services, including teammates who monitored competitors as they completed their routes.
Cane Quest sponsors were Oklahoma School for the Blind, Braille Institute of America, NewView Oklahoma, Liberty Braille, Frank Dirksen, NanoPac, Oklahoma Association for Education and Rehabilitation and Oklahoma Council of the Blind.
Additional sponsors included Ruth Kelly Studios, OG&E, Reliant Rehabilitation, Sapulpa Lions Club, SERVPRO, OSU Cooperative Extension Services and the National Beep Baseball Association.
Cane Quest is a national program of the Braille Institute of America, based in Los Angeles, California.
OSB is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.
The academic program for OSB residential and commuter students meets all state-mandated education requirements.