Eagle Spirit Soars at MSSD’s 40th Anniversary and Homecoming Celebration
Over 500 MSSD alumni, teachers, staff, families, and friends gathered together October 25-26 to celebrate MSSD’s 40th anniversary and Homecoming with a fun-filled weekend.
The celebration began with a Kick-Off Pep Rally featuring a guest performance by MSSD alumna and former Miami Dolphins cheerleader Lisa Fishbein; a roll call of the MSSD cheerleading, football, and volleyball teams by position and year; inspiring remarks by Gallaudet University president Robert R. Davila and Clerc Center dean Ed Bosso; and the introduction of the 2009 Homecoming Court. On Saturday, alumni mingled at the events during the day, many wearing “Reflect, Remember, Reunite, and Review” anniversary T-shirts. The alumni had plenty of opportunities to experience all four “R’s.” In the morning, following a continental breakfast, they could attend the alumni meeting, take in a six-team volleyball tournament, or stop by the all-day Block Festival with its array of monster-size moon bounces and food booths. Before lunch approximately150 alumni gathered on the hillside near the football field for a giant “M” photo op complete with lots of laughter as everyone sorted out how to come into formation. Throughout the day, alumni gathered in the MSSD lobby to reminisce over class photos, artifacts, and 40-year highlights on display at the MSSD Museum, where championship jerseys hung from the ceiling. Alumni poured over copies of old yearbooks available for their perusal.
The weather—at times a drizzle, at times a steady rain—did not deter the spirited turnout for MSSD’s Homecoming game against Central Maryland Christian School and the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen. Tucked under umbrellas, the spectators cheered the team on to a 14-13 win.
The celebration culminated in style with an anniversary party that lasted long into the night. Alumni and friends gathered together in the middle level of MSSD’s parking garage, which had been transformed into an entertainment space with a DJ, a screen, a stage, twinkling lights, balloons, and long trestle tables laden with an array of hors d'oeurves and desserts. MSSD alumna and staff member Michelle Banks served as mistress of ceremonies. Also a well-known stage actress, Banks performed part of her one-woman show, Reflections of a Black Deaf Woman. Alumni/staff members Tyese Wright and Greg Anderson gave a spirited rendition of the “Eagle Song” accompanied by MSSD student Joseph Mosley on drum. Alumnus and former MSSD athletic director Mike Weinstock regaled the audience with memories of his student days from MSSD’s early era of loose rules and self-discovery, where students and teachers discussed every topic under the sun. Karl Ewan, from the MSSD Alumni Association, encouraged the audience to find ways to give back to MSSD, to share their time and talents. Staff member Jason Stewart finished off the entertainment with a mime performance, encouraging members of the audience to join him on stage.
Thanks to all who made this wonderful weekend possible, from the organizing staff and band of volunteers to all who came to take part in the celebration of MSSD’s 40 years of Eagle Pride, Passion, and Power.