BY RAFI DEL SOLAR
The American Sign Language (ASL) club held its seventh annual show in the auditorium on Feb. 6-7. This year’s theme was “Disney Through the Decades.” The club made $3,800 and it was donated to the Deaf Family Literacy Academy.
“We’ve been preparing for the show since October and we’ve been practicing twice a week for a few hours ever since,” junior Erica Strum said. “We’ve all put a lot of hard work and dedication into this.”
Although Strum does not take the sign language class, she said she might take it next year because the experience with the club peaked her interest.
“I decided to be a part of the show because there is a twin song and I’m a twin,” Strum said. “My sister wanted me to do it with her.”
Senior Jack Montgomery is in ASL 2 and said although he doesn’t like performing he enjoyed being in the show.
“I messed up once or twice but overall my performance was pretty good,” Montgomery said.
Junior Tomas Mosca attended the show on opening night and said it was a ‘Disneytastic’ experience.
“On a scale of one to 10, the show was a solid eight,” Mosca said. “My favorite act was ‘Hercules’ because the performance was hilarious.”
Senior Josef Isaza said he decided to go to the show because he knows some sign language since he has a deaf cousin.
“I went with a few friends and my cousin and we all enjoyed the show,” Isaza said. “It was a fun time.”
Junior Jordan Taylor said this was her first year taking part in the show even though she has been in ASL classes since freshman year.
“I kind of know what’s going to happen once I’m on stage,” Taylor said. “It’s exciting though, you feel so much adrenaline.”
“I am very proud of my students,” she said. “I think they did a phenomenal job.”
The club is now preparing for upcoming events in March like field day and “Silent Day,” when ASL students go through their school day without speaking.
“I feel bittersweet now that the show is over,” Ms. Love said. “I have a little bit of time to relax, but we’re moving on to our next events soon.”
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