Mohan and Trueblood: Award for MegaConference

Deby Trueblood & Clyde Mohan
were awarded the
April Team Members of the Month
by the Kentucky Department of Education
for their work on the MegaDEAFConference.

Clyde Mohan and Deby Trueblood

Clyde Mohan and Deby Trueblood


INDY Hawks

KSD alumnus Carl Denney guided his Deaf club basketball team, the Indy
Hawks, to its second consecutive USA Deaf Basketball championship last

The Indy Hawks beat Arizona Desert Fire, which featured a fellow KSD
alumnus, David Hamilton, 79-70 in overtime.

Attached are the rosters, history, and other information for the USA Deaf Basketball (USADB) High School All-Star game to be played in California this Saturday.

Mike Yance will be head coach for the East boys’ team. I will be assistant coach. Travis Zornoza and Dustin Tipton will be playing for the East team.

I think it’s great that four people will be representing KSD in this event. All of us are very much looking forward to participating in this event! Wish us luck!

Here is the website address for the USADB Tournament-

Information on the high school all-star games can be found by moving the cursor to the heading ‘Youth’.


Welcome to USADB High School East-West All-Stars

Winners of the East-West Boys All-Stars Game

(West leads Series, 2-0)

2007 in Indianapolis, Indiana

West (Coach Schugg of Fremont) 74-68 East (Coach Rewolinski of Maryland)

Scoring Leaders

West-Lizzarraga (Fremont) and Brown (Illinois)-15 pts

East- Rhodes (West Virginia) and Zane Noschese (W. Penn)-12 pts

2008 in Orlando, Florida

West (Coach Robinson of Alabama) 100-92 East (Coach Crace of Indiana)

Scoring Leaders

West-Tatum (Huffman HS (Ala) 26 pts

East- McMillan (Maryland) 16 pts

Winners of the East-West Girls All-Stars Game

(East leads Series, 1-0)

2008 in Orlando, Florida

East (Coach Crowell of The Learning Center) 73-66 West (Coach Mize of Texas)

Scoring Leaders

East-Rocha (Model) 20 pts

West- Singleton (Texas) – 12 pts



#3- Brittany Harrington-South Carolina #5-Sernia Arellano-Texas

#21-Shaquana McDonough-The Learning Center #15-Jalesa  Miller                                                                                 Mississippi

#22-Secret Lesene-South Carolina #21-Kelsey Abel-Iowa

#23-Johanna Arrigo-Model 22-Caitlin Velasquez-New Mexico

#24- #23-Arica Jones-Fremont

#33-Amanda Geffen-Mill Neck #24-Jasmine Smith-Alabama

#40-Eboni Love Peel-Model #44-Alicia Johnson-Fremont

#44-Tiffany Narciso-Model #54-Jasmine Clark-Colorado


#1-Michael Mabashov-Maryland #2-Heriberto Nunez-Alabama

#10-David Wantuck-St. Mary’s #3-Rhymes Brown-Arkansas

#12-Dustin Tipton-Kentucky #5-Kwentavious Boyd-Alabama

#14-Justin Carrus-The Learning Center #10-Brandon Dean-Fremont

#15-Derrick Lee-Lexington #15-Kenny Smith-Iowa

#20-Travis Zornoza-Kentucky #20-Nicholas lstad-Colorado

#21-Anthony Palmer-Model #23-Derek Keels-Riverside

#22-Brandon Regins-Massanpox (Va.) #24-Alfred Wigley-Kansas

#23-Xaviest Johnson-Eastern NC #34-Sean Huber-Universtiy HS (Ca.)

#24-Michael Lumley-St. Mary’s #42-Joe Conrad, TX

East Boys

JUSTIN CARRUS-The Learning Center for the Deaf Galloping Ghosts

Justin is the son of Richard and Linda Carrus of Halifax, Massachusetts. His coach is John Monahan. His team finished second at ESDAA. He named All Tournament in Eastern States three times. He finished his career with 1014 points at his school. Also he made 101 3-point field goals at his school. He plans to attend either Gallaudet University or RIT/NTID.

XAVIEST JOHNSON-Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf

Xaviest is the son of Patrick and John Judd of North Carolina. His coach is Tony Adkins. He named All tournament at Mason Dixon. His team finished third place at Mason Dixon in 2008. He plans to attend East Carolina University.

DERRICK LEE-Lexington School for the Deaf Blue jays

Derrick is the son of Maebell Lee of Brooklyn, New York. His coach is Christopher DiSantos. He named Most Valuable Player Award at his school. He named All Tournament at Eastern States, Tip Off Classic and IPPSAL League. His best career was that he scored a winning basket to win the Metro Playoffs in the championship game. He plans to attend either Gallaudet University or RIT/NTID.

MICHAEL LUMLEY-St. Mary’s School for the Deaf Bison

Michael is the son of Tabatha Lumley of Buffalo, New York. His coach is Bill Steger. He named Eastern States Div II All Stars five times. He named All Conference three times. His best performance was that he scored 45 points against Rochester. He finished his career at St. Mary’s with 2030 points. He has not decided about his future plan after his graduation next year.

MICHAEL MABASHOV-Maryland School for the Deaf Orioles

Michael is the son of Jerry Mabashov and Mary Lou Novitsky of Fredrick. He named All tournament at New Life Shootout, Clerc Classic and Eastern States. He named Most Valuable Player at Eastern States. He named All American by Deaf Digest Sports. He broke the school record for most 3-point field goals in a season (72). His team won Eastern States four times. His team won the National champions and Clerc Classic in 2007 with 26-1 under Coach Vance Rewolinski.

ANTHONY PALMER-Model Secondary School for the Deaf Eagles.

His coach is Sam Webber. He named All Tournament at Clerc Classic.

BRANDON REGINS-Massanponax High School Panthers (VA)

Brandon is the son of June White of Fredericksburg, Virginia. His coach is Mr. Hickman. His team did advance the playoffs. He scored 24 points. He is not sure about his future plan after his graduation next year.

DUSTIN TIPTON-Kentucky School for the Deaf Colonels

Dustin is the son of Rodney and Lisa Tipton of Wallins, Kentucky. His coach is Mike Yance. He named All Tournament at Viking Classic and Kentucky Classic. He surpassed 1000th points at his school. He has not decided about his future plan.

DAVID WANTUCK-St. Mary’s School for the Deaf Bison

David is the son of Dan and Sue Wantuck of Amherst, New York. His coach is Bill Steger. He named All Tournament at Eastern States Div II. three times and IAC League. He broke a school record for most points in a single game with 49 points. He finished with 1388 points in his career. He plans to study in Pre-Med Veterinarian.

TRAVIS ZORNOZA-Kentucky School for the Deaf Colonels

Travis is the son of Hugo and Lisa Zornoza of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. His coach is Mike Yance. He named All Tournament at Viking Classic, Kentucky Classic and Mason Dixon. Won 3-point Shooting contest at Mason Dixon. His team finished runner up in Mason Dixon. He plans to attend Gallaudet University.

West Boys

KWENTAVIOUS BOYD-Alabama School for the Deaf Silent Warriors

Kwentavious is the son of Herbert Henderson of Lanett, Alabama. His coach is Patrick Robinson. His team won the National Champions in 2008 and 2009 also won the Mason Dixon twice. He named All American twice by DeafDigest Sports. Won the Most Valuable Player at Mason Dixon Tournament. He plans to attend college and continues to play football and basketball.

RHYMES BROWN-Arkansas School for the Deaf Leopards

Rhymes is the son of Eddie Brown Jr of Hot Springs, Arkansas. His coach is Jon Parker He won All Tournament at SW Classic and Great Plains twice. His first game of this season, he scored 40 points with a victory in 3 overtimes. He scored 33 points as his Senior Night at ASD. He plans to attend Arkansas Baptist College to play football

JOE CONARD-Texas School for the Deaf Rangers

Joe is the son of Kathlyn Moore of Austin, Texas. His coach is Chris Hamilton. He won All Tournament at SW Classic and All District 2nd Team. He plans to attend Gallaudet University.

BRANDON DEAN-California School for the Deaf at Fremont Eagles

Brandon is the son of Reggie and Jill Dean of Newark, California. His coach is Oskar Schugg. He won All Tournament at WSBC. He broke school record for most assists in a single game (15 assists). . He plans to attend Gallaudet University.

NICHOLAS ELSTAD-Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind Bulldogs

Nicholas is the son of Tim and Sharon Elstad of Colorado Springs, Colorado. His coach is Joe Manson. He won All Tournament at Central States, Roadrunner Classic and Great Plains. He named All Conference three times. He plans to attend Gallaudet University.

SEAN HUBER-University High School Trojans (Ca.)

Sean is the son of Phil and Gail Huber of California. His coach is Mike Dineen. His team won the Pacific Coast League Champions. He scored 7 points per game and 10 rebounds per game. He plans to attend Gallaudet University

DERRICK KEELS-California School for the Deaf at Riverside Cubs

Derrick is the son of Linda Jackson of Boulevard, California. His coach is David Hamilton. He named 2nd team Arrowhead League All Star and Clerc Classic. Named 1st Team All Stars at Western States. His best was that he scored 22 points with 12 rebounds. He plans to attend either California State Northridge University or Gallaudet University as Math teacher and also basketball coach.

HERIBERTO NUNEZ-Alabama School for the Deaf Silent Warriors

Heriberto is the son of Benjamin Nunez. His coach is Patrick Robinson. His team won the National Champions in 2008 and 2009 also won the Mason Dixon twice. He named All American by DeafDigest Sports. Won the 3-point champion twice at Mason Dixon and also All Tournament four times. He plans to attend Gallaudet University and become coach for high school team..

KENNY SMITH-Iowa School for the Deaf Bobcats

Kenny is the son of Donna Smith. His coach is Mike Morgan. His team finished fourth place at Great Plains. He plans to work as construction worker after his graduation

ALFRED WIGLEY III-Kansas School for the Deaf Jackrabbits

Alfred is the son of Alfred and Kathy Wigley of Wichita, Kansas. His coach is Chris Perry. He won Most Improved Player and Most Valuable Player at his school. His best performance was that he dunked over the opponent’s face at his Parent Night Basketball game. He plans to attend Gallaudet University as PE teacher.

East-West All Stars roster

1 Boys East-West All Stars 2009
2 EAST School Height point per game rebound per game assist per game
3 1 Carrus, Justin T. LEARNING CENTER 5’9 14.7 5.5 2
4 2 Johnson, Xaviest EASTERN NC 6’1 18.8 9.6 3.2
5 3 Lee, Derrick LEXINGTON 5’6 8.2 1.4 2.4
6 4 Lumley, Michael ST. MARY’S 6’2 26.1 12.1 7.5
7 5 Mabashov, Michael MARYLAND 6’0 15.4 2.7 3.1
8 6 Palmer, Anthony MODEL
9 7 Regins, Brandon Massaponax (Va) 5’10 14.5 6.5 2.4
10 8 Tipton, David KENTUCKY 5’10 10.3 5.2 3.9
11 9 Wantuck, David ST. MARY’S 6’1 27 10.1 2.1
12 10 Zornoza, Travis KENTUCKY 6’1 12.2 8.1 2.6
13 Coach  Michael Yance
14 Asst Coach Byron Wilson
15 WEST School Height point per game rebound per game assist per game
16 1 Boyd, Kwen ALABAMA 5’9 10.9 2.2 3.3
17 2 Brown, Rhymes ARKANSAS 5’7 19.5 6 4
18 3 Conard, Joe TEXAS 6’3 8.4 8.5 1
19 4 Dean, Brandon FREMONT 6’1 12 14 8
20 5 Elstad, Nicholas COLORADO 5’8 23 6
21 6 Huber, Sean UNIVERSITY HS (CA) 6’2 7 5 3
22 7 Keels, Derek RIVERSIDE 6’3 12.8 8.7 2.3
23 8 Nunez, Heriberto ALABAMA 5’10 10.2 2.3
24 9 Smith, Kenny IOWA 6’0 9 30 5
25 10 Wigley, Alfred KANSAS 6’3 22 5 5
26 Coach Joey Manson
27 Asst Coach Reggie Dean

Interpreted Performance: GREASE!

Held at West Jessamine High School.

Correction on Grease performances!

*The Wednesday show on April 15th is for students only during a school assembly 9 am – 11:30 am. Not open to the public.

WJHS presents: Grease!

Opening performance will be April 16th (Thursday) 2009 at 7:30pm!
Other performances will be April 17th (Friday), 18th (Saturday), 23rd (Thursday), 24th (Friday) and 25th (Saturday) at 7:30pm. The shows will be in the West Jessamine High School Auditorium (same place where Nutcracker was).

Student tickets are $7.00 adults are $10.00. Tickets in advance or at the door.

The show on Thursday, April 23rd will be interpreted for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing.

DAR names Finnison, a KSD senior, DAR Good Citizens for leadership, service

Thursday February 26, 2009angelamfinnission1

Area students named DAR Good Citizens for leadership, service

Three local high school students have been named 2009 DAR Good Citizens by the St. Asaph Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.

St. Asaph Chapter picked the following Good Citizens Sunday: Boyle County High, Nicholas Camic, son of Michael and Leslie Camic; Madeline Meckes, Danville High, daughter of Tim and Paula Meckes; and Kentucky School for the Deaf, Angela Maria Finnission, granddaughter of Lillie Finnission.

A DAR Good Citizen demonstrates to an outstanding degree the qualities of dependability, leadership, service and patriotism. They were presented DAR Good Citizen pins and certificates.

Camic is in the top 5 percent of his graduating class, a Governor’s Scholar and a member of the Beta Club. He is president of his senior class and co-president of the student council. As a member of the Change of Heart Club, he is charged with making a constant effort to make BCHS a more accepting and nurturing environment. He also participates in Y-Club and Future Farmers of America.

Camic has lettered in football since the 10th grade, and this year he was the starting center. He was named All-Area Center by The Advocate-Messenger, and he has been Academic All-State since the 10th grade. He is active in his church youth group, and as an Eagle Scout he is active in Boy Scouts of America and Order of the Arrow.

Some of Camic’s volunteer activities are Habitat for Humanity, Herrington Lake clean-up and working with the after school program for elementary students. Camic plans to attend a four-year university followed by medical school with a goal of becoming a family physician.

Meckes is president of her senior class at DHS. She is captain of the soccer team, and has been honored as Most Valuable Infielder, Most Valuable Player, All-State honorable mention and All-District Team. She is also a member of the swim team and received the 110 percent Dedication Award. She is also a cross country runner.

Meckes is a peer tutor and volunteers with other high school clubs. She has gone on mission trips the last two summers to Jackson, Miss. and Mishawaka, Ind. She is a reader at her church. After school, she is a dance instructor, a member of the Heritage String Orchestra and works as a photographer’s assistant.

Meckes plans to major in political science and minor in French. Her goal is to be involved in politics, possibly as a foreign affairs specialist.

Finnission has been a cheerleader for five years. She has also participated in basketball, volleyball and track. She volunteered at the Li’l Cherubs Children’s charity sale and the community-wide pancake breakfast on the KSD campus, and she works at the concession stand at the games.

After school, Finnission works at the Calvary Baptist Church Daycare Program, and she holds baby-sitting jobs when she is at home in Hazard.

The guidance counselor at KSD describes Angela as “a hard working, friendly young woman who always treats others with respect. She demonstrates a strong work ethic.”
Copyright:The Advocate-Messenger 2009

Website for KSD Cheerleaders and Soloist

KCDHH celebrates Deaf History Month

uesday April 7, 2009

Deaf History Month celebrated

FRANKFORT – Names of famous deaf champions, such as Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin and best-selling author Connie Briscoe, are familiar to scores of fans worldwide. However, the successes they have celebrated in their fields may not have been possible without the gains made in the deaf civil rights movement, which is well into its third century.

Deaf History Month, celebrated annually from March 15 to April 15, highlights three milestones in the deaf and hard of hearing community including:

* March 13, 1988 -The victory of the “Deaf President Now” movement when students at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., staged a protest demanding the first deaf president for the university;

* April 8, 1864 – The signing of the charter for Gallaudet University by President Abraham Lincoln establishing a college for the deaf; and

* April 15, 1817 – The founding of the first public school for the deaf, American School for the Deaf, by Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet.

The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is celebrating Deaf History Month with a video display on the agency’s Web site at

The slide show illustrates the struggles and successes of the deaf and hard of hearing community over the past two centuries and includes photographs of the Deaf President Now movement, Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and modern deaf icons, such as actresses Linda Bove, Phyllis Frelich and Matlin, college football standout Martel Van Zant and former “Incredible Hulk” star Lou Ferrigno, who is hard of hearing.

At the end of the slide show, a list of featured links detailing more information about the slides is available. A Deaf History Month information sheet is also posted below the slide show.
Copyright:The Advocate-Messenger 2009