High school students Bella Finkle, Sabrina Firl, Ashley Ober, and Aliza Selzer represented MSD as delegates at the Junior National Association of the Deaf (Jr. NAD) National Conference with their sponsors, Janna DiBiase and Shayna Rose Unger. From Wednesday, November 6 to Sunday, November 10, 2019, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and Rochester School for the Deaf hosted the 27th Biennial Jr. NAD National Conference in Rochester, New York. This year's theme was "Perspective, Empathize, and Influence."
The Junior National Association of the Deaf provides deaf and hard of hearing students from 7th through 12th grade the opportunity to learn about advocacy, develop character through commitment and involvement to the community, and build leadership skills. With MSD being one of the 27 chapters at the National Conference, our students had the opportunity to attend a series of workshops and participate in activities.
On Friday evening, 20 students from across the country signed up to be a Jr. NAD Ambassador, with two of the contestants being MSD's own, Bella Finkle and Sabrina Firl. Bella used her platform to educate others on Human Trafficking and Sabrina educated others about the need for a Deaf/Hard of Hearing Hotline. Sabrina Firl was named runner-up.
At the Jr. NAD Banquet on Saturday evening, Sabrina Firl was also voted by her peers to win the Congeniality Award.
To wrap up the National Conference, the delegates took a sightseeing trip to Niagara Falls before heading back home on Sunday.
Official National Conference Hashtag: #JrNAD2019
For more information on the National Association of the Deaf's youth programs, visit https://www.nad.org/youth/junior-nad/.