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PLSHS Celebrates Renewal of Unified Banner with PLCS Unified Teams

Friday, April 22, Papillion La Vista South High School (PLSHS) hosted a ceremony to renew the school’s Unified banner. The event featured guest speakers, including Assistant Superintendent of HR Dr. Kati Settles, PLSHS Principal Jeff Spilker, Special Olympics Nebraska CEO Carolyln Chamberlain, and former PLSHS Unified athlete Dalton Boyd. The PLSHS Unified senior athletes and partners unveiled the banner following the speeches.

Following the ceremony, Unified student athletes and their partners (peers) from all PLCS secondary schools participated in the 5th annual “Live Your Dash” track meet.

Special Olympics of Nebraska awards Unified banners to schools that embody inclusion both inside and outside of the classroom. Once banners are awarded to a school, they can be renewed every four years as long as the school continues to emulate the values and practices of inclusivity. The banner is a designation of a “Unified School.” PLSHS was awarded its original Unified banner in 2017, but due to COVID-19, the renewal was delayed until the current school year.

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Senior PLSHS Unified athletes and partners celebrate by the renewed banner.

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Monarch Unified athletes, partners, and staff pose at the 5th annual Live Your Dash track meet, hosted by Papillion La Vista South High School.

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Unified athletes, partners, and staff from the Young Adult Transition Program (YATP) gather at the 5th annual Live Your Dash track meet, hosted by Papillion La Vista South High School.

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