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Country western dance group welcomes home deaf student

September 26, 2010
  • Board members of the Hagerstown Country Western Dance Association presented roses and a check for money raised to support a deaf student in her summer internship in American Samoa.The club held a dance and auction of baked goods to raise the money. Pictured, from left, are Ron Garling, president; Traci Hose, interpreter; Tiffany Cassner, Gallaudet student; Carol Garling, secretary; and Beth Watson, treasurer. Missing from the photo: Linda Henry, vice president.
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The Hagerstown Country Western Dance Association recently held a tropical theme dance to welcome back Tiffany Cassner from American Samoa.

The deaf student was presented a check and roses from the dance association in recognition of her work as a student intern with deaf students in American Samoa.

For 10 weeks, Cassner taught American Sign Language, reading, writing and social skills. She spoke through an interpreter, Traci Hose, Cassner's aunt. Cassner showed pictures and talked about how she worked to be a role model in the deaf community.

"American Samoa doesn't have any deaf role models," Cassner said. "I came to set a role model for the deaf community. They really looked up to me and learned many things about deaf culture. They didn't know they have potential like going to college and getting a job. Now when I return for my senior year at Gallaudet University I am able to apply my American Samoa experience in college and at future work."

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