Unique friendship grows stronger one year later

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VESTAL (WBNG) — One year after Hudson and his service dog Oscer started high school, they both have grown significantly together, but still have one more obstacle to face.

Hudson Golebiewski is on the Autism spectrum and can always be seen with his best friend and golden retriever, Oscer.

Hudson attended Vestal High School for his freshman year and just within that time, he was able to make new friends, join the track team, and even attend a school dance.

“I think he’s more out of his little fears of being more social,” said Hudson’s mother, Bethany Golebiewski. “He’s become more social I think of being in the high school setting and he’s meeting so many more students, so it’s been really wonderful.”

While Bethany says they have made a lot of progress, there were some struggles along the way.

“Academics definitely were a challenge and we found some of the class sizes to be larger, so I just really knew in my heart that we needed to find something different,” said Bethany.

Bethany says her father started special needs education in the Vestal area decades ago. Though she respects her father’s work and believes Vestal High School is a wonderful place to be, she says it wasn’t the right fit for what Hudson needs at this time.

That’s why they will be switching schools.

Bethany says Union-Endicott High School will offer Hudson the life skills he will need after high school. However, with the change of schools lies a tough journey ahead, especially for someone on the spectrum.

“I give him so much credit that he’s willing to make the change and go literally over the bridge to something new,” said Bethany. “Because it’s hard, having autism and doing those things. I think that speaks so much of him and if he has his dog by his side, I think that’s fantastic.”

With Oscer by his side, Hudson will begin his next journey at Union-Endicott High School this Fall. Hudson says he looks forward to joining the school’s cross country team!

Anne Sparaco

Anne Sparaco

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