Beavertons Deras honored for Pride in Performance

She is honored for her success at the '07 Special Olympics Winter Games

BEND - Beaverton resident Jennifer Deras has proven that she belongs with the best.

Deras, 24, was recently honored with the 2007 Special Olympics Oregon Winter Season Pride In Performance award. Brian Capp, vice president of marketing for Les Schwab, made the presentation to Deras. Les Schwab Tire Centers Inc. is the official sponsor of Special Olympics Oregon State Games.

Deras is an all-around standout Special Olympics Oregon athlete who recently starred on the slopes of Mt. Bachelor, hurtling down the advanced alpine skiing and snowboarding courses with a flair and velocity guaranteed to inspire awe and fear in the hearts of any competitors.

For her efforts in Bend, she won two gold medals and a silver medal. Yet she good-naturedly shrugs off praise and looks to put others in the spotlight. In addition, Deras volunteers at the Special Olympics Oregon office in Portland and with the local Multiple Sclerosis Society, enthusiastically taking on any chore asked of her.