Arianalys Maraiyah Gongon - Plouffe Academy
Arianalys Maraiyah Gongon
11 years old: surgery for Moya Moya, a rare disease
Hours later: stroke; leaving her non-verbal, unable to walk/in a wheelchair, and with extremely limited of her hands.
After not attending school for 1.5 years, she rejoined and has been back for about 1.5 years, currently in the 7th grade. She slowly starts lengthening her day, from 1 class (English/Social Studies) to 2 (adding on Math/Science) and now currently up to the 5th period of the day, (occasional first period, 2-4 and 5th period lunch) eating lunch in a classroom with her mother, one-on-one and occasionally a friend or two.
In her academics she is currently placed in TAG classes, a.k.a. advanced classes. She participates in English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. her first period she comes in three times a week for services; whether it be speech, phys. ed or physical therapy.She puts in so much extra effort for her case and it takes time to get through it all. In science, she moved onto the school 2nd rounds of science fair.
Athletically, former basketball player participates in different things that have her accommodations. Her physical education/gym are filled with walking with her walker, and sometimes kicking a ball or even using her limited hand usage with her therapists/one-on-one's help to put a basketball through a hoop. Outside of school she has gone through Aqua therapy, and when her therapist challenged her to 3 jumps, she did 35 as well as walked the length of the pool. She participated in the Special Olympics with special education children and other children in situations like hers, in a wheelchair. She got a silver medal and this was a huge step for her. She more and more often stands on her own or has little support in the process.
Ariana(lys) is the girl who is strong, hardworking, and even in the toughest times, SMILING and laughing.