Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Meet Miss Deaf Virginia

Rosa Evelyn Herrera is a 19-year-old University of Mary Washington student, the oldest of six children born to Salvadoran immigrants. She was born deaf like her two younger sisters. Her parents spoke Spanish at home while everyone spoke English at her school. With hearing aids, she has about 75% of her hearing and uses ASL. She attended Massaponax High School in Fredericksburg, Virginia where she played violin and marched with the schools color guard.

As Miss Deaf Virginia, Herrera will represent her state at various conferences and events in the deaf community including the National Association of the Deaf Conference.