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Sequim High School ASL Class

Sequim High School:

In second year American Sign Language (ASL) class, taught by Sonja Miller, students were assigned the task of sharing about their weekends with five other students.  In their signed conversation, they needed to use the sign for describing “one interesting thing” and the sign for “one warning” to describe something unique that happened as well as something they have/had advice about.  For example, they might have signed how they went to see the movie Beauty and the Beast as their “one interesting thing”, and that the lines at the movie theater were long as their “one warning”.

Some of these ASL students use signing at their place of work:

Senior Terrance Tveit works at Dairy Queen and has a few customers who are hearing impaired each week.  The opportunity to use signing at work as well as in school has helped Terrance acquire a broad range of vocabulary.

Senior Jamie McCracken works at the Coffee Cottage in Port Angeles and has some regulars that come in, needing to communicate by ASL.  One gentleman who came with his white board was very appreciative that she could use ASL to communicate with him.  They had a conversation for about a half an hour, and he has become a regular customer.  Jamie is interested in obtaining a teacher degree, and minoring in deaf studies. She would like to incorporate ASL into her teaching.

Senior Jett Gagnon works at Walmart, and finds that hearing impaired customers are very appreciative of his ability to converse in ASL. ASL as a career would be a backup plan for him, as he intends to major in Spanish in college. Jett enjoys being expressive with in his signing and says, “I find that people I converse with in ASL enjoy the expressiveness. It enriches the language.” 

Sophomore Ash Francis works at the YMCA in Sequim and watches deaf children in the play care room while their parents work out.  Ash learned signing at an orphanage in Ethiopia to communicate with some children who were hearing impaired.  Once he moved to American, he had to learn ASL.  Ash plans to go into medicine, and feels signing will be useful in communicating with deaf patients.

(photos by Patsene Dashiell)

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