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Summertime at Harding has arrived. Parking is plentiful, and it has been quiet as the students on campus wrapping up Intersession today have had little time for anything but study.

One of the best things about summer at Harding is the multitude of activities hosted by the University. Sunday begins Arkansas Girls State followed by camps of spiritual, athletic and academic varieties.

Perhaps the most meaningful activity to many is Arkansas Special Olympics, with opening ceremonies last evening at First Security Stadium. This is Harding’s 20th year to host the event. Watching the pride and excitement on the faces of the participants as they are led by area for a lap around the stadium before being seated and then seeing their faces as they enjoyed the events of the evening made for a momentous time.

Arkansas’ and Searcy’s own First Lady Ginger Beebe was on hand as well as President Burks and Searcy Mayor David Morris to welcome participants. Recently retired, Bobby Doyle was recognized for his long leadership of the event. But there were no more important people at First Security Stadium than the eager Olympians who today and tomorrow will compete for the gold.

They are all winners in my book.

Tom Buterbaugh, editor/designer

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Arkansas Special Olympics has taken over the campus with over 6000 athletes from around the state.

Jeff Montgomery, photographer