On April 27 and May 4, DSISD students competed in Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) competitions. On April 27, 18 DSISD athletes from RSE, WSE, DSMS, SSMS, and DSHS participated at the Central Area Track and Field Competition at Vandegrift High School in Leander. In total, DSISD won gold medals in five events including one for the “older boys unified 4×100 meter relay.” It was the first time DSISD entered unified relay teams in the event (three DSISD relay teams competed). Each team consisted of two Special Olympics athletes and two Unified partners. Winning the gold medal was the team of Brant Higgerson, Carter King, Aiden Busch, and Alex Hier.
Other gold medalists were: David Pringle (50 meters), Chase Steiner (softball throw), Tony Touve (mini javelin throw), and Sean Noumsi (50 meters). Silver medalists for DSISD were: Alex Hier (javelin throw), Ben Cantu (softball throw), Elizabeth Briones (softball throw), and Michael Mervin (50 meters). Bronze medalists were: Alex Hier (400 meters), Ben Cantu (50 meters), Amber Briones (100 meters and softball throw), Chase Steiner (50 meters), Trinity Turner (100 meters), and Michael Mervin (softball throw). Also competing were Ethan Cooper, Jochelle Berry, Kinsey Silcox, Nathan Turner, and Jackson Silcox.
On May 3-4, DSISD had six athletes compete at the Special Olympics Texas state meet. This year was the first that DSISD sent athletes to compete at the state meet. Alex Hier won a gold medal in the javelin throw and a silver in the 400 meters; Elizabeth Briones won a bronze medal for the 100 meters and finished sixth in the softball throw; Amber Briones placed fourth in both the 100 meters and the softball throw; Chase Steiner won a gold medal for the softball throw and was fourth in the 50 meters; Tony Touve won silver medals for the 100 meters and the mini javelin throw; and Trinity Turner won a gold medal for the softball throw and was fourth in the 100 meters.