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Asher’s Middleton Graduates from the Oklahoma School for the Blind

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Asher native, Benjamin Middleton, graduated from the Oklahoma School for the Blind at 1:00 p.m. on May 18th at 3300 Gibson St, Muskogee in the OSB Auditorium.

He is the Valedictorian for this year’s class. His OSB activities included Boy Scouts, Jazz Band, FCCLA, Ukulele Club, and Choir.

Middleton was on the 2019-2020 FCCLA Leadership Team, and was the 2021-2022 Student Council Secretary.

He has received many awards and honors during his time at OSB: 2018-2021 Principal Honor Roll, 2018-2021 English Award, 2018-2021 Mathematics Award, 2018-2020 Science Award, 2018-2020 Braille Award, 2019-2020 Leadership Award, 2018-2019 Student of the Year, 2020-21 DRS Student of the Year, 2018-2020 History Award, 2020-2021 ICTC Perfect Attendance.

After graduation, Middleton plans to go to Metro Tech for Information Technology. He plans to attend school full time and finish by the end of the next school year. After earning his bachelor’s degree in IT, Middleton will apply for Apple as an IT Technician or other firm.

He is the son of Lloyd and Melissa Thompson

This year’s graduating class also includes Jerelyn Black of Stillwater, Lydia Bradley of Stilwell, Audrey DeBrosky of Enid, John Duong of Oklahoma City, Tyler Duong of Oklahoma City, Miracle Jones of Spiro, Benjamin Middleton of Asher, JaceLynn Shields of Claremore, and Blazen Sitterly of Ponca City.

“Each year, I am amazed at the accomplishments of our students,” Rita Echelle, OSB superintendent, said. “This year’s senior class is no exception.

“I am proud of each and every student in the senior class of 2022. I look forward to seeing where the future takes them. I know they will do great things.”

OSB is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS), a state agency, which assists Oklahomans with disabilities through vocational rehabilitation, education, employment, independent living programs and the determination of medical eligibility for disability benefits.

OSB was founded in 1897 at Fort Gibson as a private school for children who are blind or visually impaired. Over the past 100 years, the school has provided education programs at no charge for thousands of students with visual disabilities, from students who attend school on campus to those served through outreach programs for families, public school teachers and communities statewide.


OSB Graduate and Valedictorian Benjamin Middleton

For more information

Dana Tallon, DRS Communications Manager

Cell: 405-2568-1404 

Last Modified on Jun 01, 2022