Discus Award Winner
11th Grade, FL
I am the V.P. of my school's nationally recognized Drama program at South Plantation HS. We put in an average of 25 hours a week to prepare for any upcoming production. We produce two main-stage shows and one Advanced Acting class project one-act show annually. This year we performed Hairspray (in the style of Theatre for the Deaf), Tartuffe, and Mulan, Jr. In Hairspray, I played the role of Amber and we received 16 South Florida Cappie nominations; I was nominated for "Best Supporting Actress" and "Creativity" for American Sign Language Direction where I translated, taught, and directed the use of ASL. In Moliere's Tartuffe, I played Mariane and co-directed the use of ASL for student interpreters added in the stage pictures for Deaf audiences. I plan on attaining a BFA in Musical Theatre.
I began learning American Sign Language 3 years ago through my Drama program's productions in the style of Theatre for the Deaf. At the end of sophomore year, one of my directors approached me with the offer of leading the incorporation of student ASL interpreters into her show. I had the opportunity to provide a children's show, Aladdin Jr, to Deaf children that otherwise couldn't have enjoyed it. At the beginning of my current junior year, my other director suggested that we work together to have the entire cast sign and voice everything for the next production, Hairspray. I translated the lyrics and script, taught it to the 60-person cast, and we all performed it for thousands of people, many of which were Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing. I was recently nominated for a SFL Cappie Award for it.
I am currently enrolled in South Plantation High School's Environment and Everglades Restoration Magnet Program. We complete the normal high school curriculum with additional Florida literature, Florida history, and Environmental Science courses. I have studied the positive and negative factors of human demography, the industrial, residential, and agricultural affects on our environment and its many types of pollution. For three years, I have been absorbing ways how I, as an individual, and we, as a group of student environmentalists, can help improve and broaden the knowledge of our surroundings to more people. Outside of the classroom, I have participated in field trips such as slogging through the Everglades, studying the Okeechobee River, and collecting and comparing pH values.