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OTC Hosts Inaugural American Sign Language Showcase

OTC hosts inaugural American Sign Language Showcase

The American Sign Language department recently hosted its inaugural American Sign Language Showcase on April 27 at the OTC Springfield Campus. The event, which will be held every fall and spring semester, highlights the skills of American Sign Language students in ASL II, III and IV classes.

“The showcase provided our students with the opportunity to demonstrate and celebrate — the skills they have learned so far,” said Steve Fritts, ASL instructor. “The event also gave our veteran students the opportunity to connect with and provide mentorship to the newer students in the program.”

At the showcase, ASL II students performed a children’s story. Students in ASL IV performed a song. ASL tutors Nora Browne, Hannah Metcalf, and Crystal Rorrer also gave performances along with the department’s deaf language model, Bobby Hitchcock. At the end of the event, judges selected a first and second place winner from each category. They also named an overall winner:

Best Story
Adam Cassidy

Best Song
Mary Alice McGee

Best Song Runner Up
Lucas Barton

Overall Best Performance
Mary Alice McGee

OTC’s American Sign Language courses are taught by instructors Steve Fritts, Michael Lindsey, Krista Moncado, Rodney Bullock and Jo Fritts. You can learn more about the college’s American Sign Language department here.

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