Throughout summer of 2012, our sisters embarked on amazing journeys all over the world, gaining experience from doing internships, and seeing unseen places. Sister Jessica Agnes Willoughby, Sister Tandy Samara Lewis, and Kakia Proedros Danielle Ashley Dawn Berrigan had the chance to explore different countries of South East Asia that vary from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Sister Jessica Agnes Willoughby also explored the country of Guayna and taught deaf children theatre. Sister Tiffany Ann Putt was the only one who touched three different continents (eight countries) in seven weeks! Sister Lauren Sonnenstrahl Benedict and Sister Laurie Bessie Rodriguez seized the opportunity to explore Central America. Sister Ashley Elizabeth Bergeron handled her summer fairly well after summer school, backpacked Europe and then went on a road trip across southern US. Sister Corinna Sara Hill was more than thrilled to welcome a new sister-in-law, and later had the chance to backpack Europe (twelve countries). Kakia Logios Janna Alys DiBiase spent two weeks exploring the enchanted state of New Mexico, visiting the White Sands and exploring Roswell. She found the UFO conspiracy a tad bit funny with our Alumna Sister April Rose Bottoms who is currently working her second year with AmeriCorps.
Sister Isabella Kogan had the opportunity to travel with ASL Taglit- Birthright group in Israel for eleven days before heading to Stayton, Oregon where she worked as Administrative Assistant at Youth Leadership Camp (YLC) for six weeks. Sister Noel Elizabeth King, Alumna Sister Renca Lillian Dunn, Alumna Sister Rachel M Benedict, and Alumna Sister Priscilla Ann Joan Biskupiak also worked at YLC this summer. Sister Shea Ammons Rasmus saw plenty of campsites, national parks, historical marks, as well as interesting museums before working at Camp Mark Seven in Old Forge, New York as a staff member. Sumbaino Grammareus Ann Summerlin Whited had a quite interesting summer working at summer camps. She was selected among 11 other players to represent the USA at the 2nd World Deaf Volleyball Championships in Bulgaria. She had the honor to play with four of our very own Alumna Sisters - Alumna Pia Marie Paulone, Alumna Sister Justine Barbra Jeter, Alumna Sister Shana Rosalina Lehmann and Alumna Sisters Kristina Ann Burke. The team brought home the Silver. Khrusophulax Maria Karoline Margaret Klassen had a blast in Brazil along with her Canadian volleyball team for PanAm Games and brought home the Silver. She also enjoyed working at Deaf Youth Today camp for ten long, but wonderful weeks.
Plenty of our sisters have done doing volunteer work and internships in the states as well as around the world; Sister Danielle Dawn Koplitz volunteered for Junior Achievement Jamaica that lasted for two months along with Alumna Sister Misella Mahina O’Lanai Morita Tomita. Proedros Andrea Theresa Serena Amati spent her summer working for Dr. James A. Smith in the Department of Civil and Environment Engineering at Princeton University. She worked with data imported from an Eddy Covariance sensor, analyzing vegetation and urbanization. Sister Valerie Flora Farr interned at Deaf Hope in the Bay Area and helped her family renovating the house. Sister Amy Marie Bachtel enjoyed the experience of being an intern, working with the Early Intervention Program at Ohio School for the Deaf. Sister Stephanie Cora Johnston completed two internships over the summer, which were obtained through American Association of People with Disabilities’ internship program. She interned for Minority Whip Steny Hoyer's office on the Capitol Hill and a non-profit organization, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. She also was part of a meeting at White House along with other eleven AAPD interns to discuss the future of disability movement, where President Barrack Obama attended!
Anagrapha Grammareus Chanel Mandeville Summer sure had a whirlwind summer, from a spiritual journey in Israel to winning a crown and stressing in between to prepare for upcoming activities at Gallaudet University. She was crowned as the Miss. Deaf America at the NAD Conference in Louisville, KY, and later gave her first of many workshops at Youth Leadership Camp (YLC) throughout her two-year reign. Sister Noel Elizabeth King participated in the NAD Conference as a delegate representing for the Deaf Youth USA (DYUSA), and she was selected as the Vice President for DYUSA organization 2012-2014.
In all, we learned so much about ourselves through exploration this summer. Our personal experiences were truly rewarding, for they brought us with valuable knowledge and insight. It is important to be grateful for the freedom and opportunities we have in this country, as well as for all the loving people that surround us. Now, we’re more than motivated to kick off our year with a bang!