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Disabled Indian Lake student honored with outstanding achievement award

A disabled Indian Lake student has recently been honored with a prestigious award for his “remarkable” performance.

William A. Malarkey, commonly referred to as Alex, is the recipient of the R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award.

Alex, 14, of Huntsville, sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident in 2004 at the age of 6. His injuries from the incident include substantial damage to his brain stem and cortex as well as a cervical spinal cord injury. Malarkey spent seven weeks in a coma after the accident and from that point on, has been severely paralyzed.

Because of his injuries, Alex has had to do much of his schooling from home with the help of his parents Kevin and Beth Malarkey.

Though he continues to use a wheelchair, ventilator, and diaphragm pacer, Alex is now able to attend Indian Lake High School with his peers.

Alex currently has all A’s while attending four regular classes at Indian Lake and three classes online through Virtual Academy. Using a mouth mouse to help operate his computer, Alex is staying up on his school work.

Because of his drive to accomplish, Malarkey has been honored with the R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award.

The R.A. Horn Award is presented to one exemplary special education student from each of Ohio’s 16 State Support Team Regions. This award was established 25 years ago by the Ohio Department of Education in honor of the late Dr. Raymond A. Horn, Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction Emeritus.

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