MSSD delegates make the most of Junior NAD conference experienceStudents Franly Ulerio-Nunez and Amberlin Hines represented the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) at the 23rd Annual Junior NAD (Junior National Association for the Deaf) Conference, held November 18 to 22. The conference was hosted by the California School for the Deaf, Riverside. Ulerio-Nunez and Hines were joined by delegates from 24 other schools.
"Without a doubt, Amberlin and Franly both represented MSSD well at the conference and were complimented on their maturity and integrity," said Erin Land, a MSSD residential educator, who also attended the conference.
Over the course of the four-day event, some of the highlights were team building exercises, a scavenger hunt at Disney Downtown, presentations on leadership by eight different guest speakers, the traditional pageant, and the final banquet. Ulerio-Nunez participated in the Mr. and Miss Jr. NAD pageant where his fellow contestants selected him as "Mr. Congeniality." He was also voted as "Mr. Outstanding Male Student" participant by the students and advisors. Hines participated in the George Veditz ASL project. At the end of the conference, she was selected by the delegates to represent the Junior NAD at the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) conference in Louisville, Ky., in July 2012, along with another delegate from Arizona.
Today's Junior NAD offers deaf and hard of hearing students in seventh through twelfth grade opportunities to develop leadership skills, learn and demonstrate citizenship, and meet and interact with students from other schools and states. Students participate by joining chapters established by their schools. The chapters focus on advocacy, attitude, awareness, commitment, cooperation, friendship, information exchange, involvement and leadership skills. The Junior NAD leadership tries to nurture its members to develop the skills and values that will help them become future leaders and advocates in the deaf and hard of hearing community.