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Hello! Welcome to Jr. NAD News, my name is Kissandra oh sorry, did I interrupt? yes, you did Oh sorry, should I leave? No, it’s okay. You can take over. Okay, fine… Hello, my name is Menelik. See this? The Governor of Nebraska decided to give us, deaf people, our own town. You may see that there’s no hearing people here because they all left! We have two different districts: District One and Two. District 1 is called Lephinx. Let’s go over to see District Two. This is District Two, combined of these two buildings. We have not decided on a name yet. Each district has a mayor, sergeant and city council. District One has six and District Two has four. The Governor will decide if they will approve of our town on Saturday. If it is approved, we will establish a town in history! Just now, District One Lephinx gained the annex building. The Governor just approved! Next up, we will feature the mayors, sergeants, and city councils. I’m going to interview Jaykia. What’s it like as a Mayor? Being a Mayor is not easy. It is tough to make sure everyone is satisfied and to accommodate to their needs. It is not easy but I enjoy it, this gives me a good experience. Thank you for your time. Hello my name is Nevan Graves, Mayor of District Two called Gantlue. I have one question for you, how do you feel being the Mayor of your district? I think it is a great honor, people voted for me. I know what is the best for District Two. It is a great honor, I hope the best for our district town. Thank you. Thank you. See the large building and the small building. We were able to establish a town here because… thanks to Jeff Mansfield. We have to thank you for teaching us; we got mapped. I am here with Corey Burton. I want to say thank you for coming. We truly enjoyed your presentation about discovering your gifts and finding your gifts. I want to thank you, Beth Benedict, for coming and presenting about how to argue. We learned a lot from you, thank you. Hello, I am Madison Scott and I’m a sophomore. Hello, I’m Kim Bianco-Majeri and I work for the NAD. Thank you for coming and presenting, we really enjoyed learning from you. I enjoyed presenting too, I look forward to seeing what our future generation will do; I hope you learned a lot. I did! Good! Thank you. Hello, what’s your name? My name is Jonathan Scherling. Why did you host this workshop and are you looking forward to this afternoon? First of all, yes I am looking forward to this afternoon. I always enjoy meetings. I hosted the workshop about parliamentary procedures because they help our meetings to go smoothly. Everyone has the opportunity to say something, their thoughts and/ or ideas. I want everyone to have a voice. Thank you. My name is Martin Price from Utah. What did you discuss during your presentation? How to write your goals in a way that achieves the goal using S M A R T. S- specific, M- measurable, A- attainable, R- realistic or relevant, and T- by when. If all students include SMART, they will have a successful outcome whether they want it to be. Are you looking forward? Oh yes, I’m looking forward to the general assembly where you can run the meeting and get the idea. I already can see you becoming one of the leaders for the NAD. Every one of us have human experience where we will go through life and make mistakes. All of us are flawed. Even a priest, whether who you are, a president or whoever. We will make mistakes, it is a human flaw. I hope that those who make mistakes, learn from their mistakes. To own the mistake and learn from change. Don’t let the mistake or action to let you down and stay down. Because if that happens, you would be stuck. Mistakes don’t forgive by itself. Learn how to forgive others. It may not happen all of sudden, it is a process but learn to trust yourself. Not only to learn your mistakes and to own it, but to improve from it. Thank you for your time. Here we are at the first general assembly meeting. I am here with Annie Kvamme. She won the nomination to go to the NAD Conference in Connecticut during July 2-7, 2018. I am going to ask her few questions. How do you feel about winning the nomination? I am honestly shocked. When I gave my presentation, I just presented by being myself. I did not try to convince members. In result, I got the vote to go. I am shocked but I feel really excited to represent. I am here with Dylan Christoffels. The other person who also won to go to the NAD Conference in Connecticut during July 2-7, 2018. I am going to ask him what’s up. How did you feel about winning the nomination? I feel inspired. I can’t wait to represent my school. Jr. NAD conference really inspired me. The conference is close to my home. I’m glad I was picked. Thank you! Hello everyone! The two districts finally unite, we named our town: UNICITY. I’m going to interview Ben Jarashow. How are you doing? I’m good. Good! If a student is oppressed, what should they do? If a student is oppressed, it would be nice if they could speak up on the spot. Most of time, they are caught off guard. That isn’t your fault. You can’t help it. When you’re shocked, take the time to analyze the situation. Look for a friend to talk about it and exchange ideas and information. Try to approach that person again later with your friends to support. With unity, you would be able to approach the situation better. Thank you for your time. I am interviewing this person, tell us your name. Marvin Miller. I’d like to ask if you think that deaf children will learn from your presentation and succeed? Yes, not from me but from the information from Deafhood. From Patty Ladd, he grew up alone in a mainstreamed world and later met a deaf person. From there, he analyzed the purpose of Deafhood. Even myself, an experienced deaf person from a deaf school and deaf family, I was blown away. My life changed. Remember when I tried to establish a signing town? After learning Deafhood, I realized we all need to unpack. We all will start feeling light, by unpacking the rocks inside us, we will be able to soar. Yes, definitely! Look! He is talking about the fact that we will need a new mayor and city council for Unitcity. Wow, we will also need to rewrite the charter. I am going to interview you, first tell us your name. My name is Zahra Chauhan. How does Jr. NAD impact you in the future? This impacts me because I am learning more about oppression, the history, and Jr. NAD. We need to motivate others to lead. We need more strong deaf leaders and to be free from oppression. Thank you for your time. My name is Joshua Wojnar and I am a freshman from Massachusetts. What is your best Jr. NAD memory? My best memory is creating new friends and the experience is rich. Look, its our last session for the Jr. NAD conference. This is the last workshop of 2017. Hello, the next Jr. NAD Conference will be in 2019; it will be at Rochester. We can’t wait to see you there! Hello everyone, this week has been so much fun! I agree! Thank you!

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