On Feb. 22, three student representatives from MSD's Jr. National Association of the Deaf (Jr. NAD) chapter recently spent the day in Washington, D.C. to participate in the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf's eighth annual Capitol Hill Advocacy Day.
After an extensive nationwide search, the Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Mr. John A. Serrano will serve as the school’s 12th superintendent. Mr. Serrano, who identifies as Latinx, will be the first person of color to lead MSD in its 155-year history.
After 18 incredible rounds, Frederick campus fifth-grader Nikita Dzougoutov earned the title of co-champion along with a Kendall Demonstration Elementary School student and a student from Indiana School for the Deaf.
The Harriet Tubman Bicentennial Committee, which includes members of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, visited the Columbia campus to celebrate the fifth-graders winning the "Harriet Tubman Women of Courage" video contest.
MSD's Robotics Team had an impressive showing at not one, but two tournaments this month! Our high school students put their engineering skills to the test in robot-building as they worked together on a variety of creative solutions to this year's challenges.
High school student representatives from MSD's Junior National Association of the Deaf chapter participated in the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf's sixth annual Capitol Hill Advocacy Day.
On July 1, 2021, Netflix released Audible, a documentary short featuring MSD’s 2019 high school football team. Directed by Matthew Ogens and executive-produced by Nyle DiMarco (‘07), Audible is a coming-of-age film following high school athlete Amaree McKenstry (‘20) and his close friends as they face the pressures of senior year and grapple with the realities of venturing off into the world after high school.
This resulted in what on the surface appears to be a 38-minute documentary about football, but in reality is a multidimensional film allowing viewers a glimpse into what life is like as a deaf person. Audible made headlines in major publications, after being one of the five films narrowed down from a shortlist to compete for an Oscar in the Best Documentary Short Subject category at the 94th Academy Awards.
While the Audible team did not walk away with a statue, they walked away with a once-in-a-lifetime experience that created a ripple effect of exposure, belonging, and awareness that has and will continue to impact the world in meaningful ways.