Athletes of the Month

Samantha, a 10th grader, is our female athlete of the month for October. It is her third year playing volleyball. Her leadership and plays on the court have been wonderful since the beginning of the season.

Samantha led Fanwood to a record of 12-12 during the month of October. At the ESDAA Volleyball Tournament, she earned the All Star Tournament Award and led Fanwood to 4th place.

One of highlights during ESDAA Volleyball Tournament was when Samantha ended the game vs. Lexington School for the Deaf with her trademark strong service point. As a setter, Samantha has a natural instinct and drive for the game. She has a really great intuition about which player to give the ball to, or when to try for a kill. Samantha controls the game really well.

Samantha’s expectation for her teammates is always high and this them to improve as players. When other players become frustrated or feel “off”, I love that she won’t let it affect her own performance; she continues to play at her best regardless. This year, her service skills have improved so much. Also, she is able to handle pressure really well. With that being said, she is an extraordinary player and teammate.

Congratulations, Samantha!

Fernando, a junior grade, is our male athlete of the month for October. This is his third year playing soccer and this year he started as goalkeeper for first time. In the past, he mostly played midfield.

Since Fanwood’s star goalkeeper graduated last year, we started the season without one. Coaches Nicolas and Paul asked Fernando if he would be interested in filing this position. Fernando accepted the challenge and was ready to learn!

Naturally, his first game was not as smooth as we hoped, but the coaches and team have watched him maintain a positive, hard-working attitude in order to become a stronger goalkeeper. Game after game, he improved more and more, and was soon able to consistently make many important saves for the team.

Fernando earned 71 saves during the month of October alone, which is a huge improvement from Septembers 25 saves. Although he showed frustration when he missed saves, he always sought out ways that he could improve, and grow as a player.

The coaches know that Fernando’s leadership on the team will grow and he will become key role on their team. He showed up on time for practice and was always ready to learn something new. Fernando was not a complainer; each time he fell, he picked himself up and readied himself for the next play. This is exactly what is expected of a goalkeeper. The coaches know that he is on his way to becoming a model play for the Tornadoes.

Congratulation, Fernando!

NYSD Earns Best In Show at the 2015 NYSD ASL Film Festival

IMG_4370On Saturday, May 16th, just under 100 community members sat in the dimly-lit Auditorium at New York School for the Deaf, eagerly awaiting the start of the Fifth Annual ASL Student Film Festival.  Audience members sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed the student produced, directed, and created projects shared in American Sign Language.

Movies shown on Saturday were all created and produced by TV/Film students from American School for the Deaf, Indiana School for the Deaf, Maryland School for the Deaf, Model Secondary School for the Deaf, New Mexico School for the Deaf, North Carolina School for the Deaf, and New York School for the Deaf, Fanwood.
NYSD Masters of Ceremony, students Agron D., and Victoria P., explained to the audience that their TV/Film Production class was proud of their work; each movie was entirely scripted, casted, produced, edited, filmed, and captioned by the students.  NYSD was proud that the TV/Film Production students called this event their own.

Each film was preIMG_2204viously judged by the schools participating in the festival. To insure impartial results, each film was judged independently by a panel from a member school. The categories being judged were script writing, storyline, cinematography, lighting, closed captioning, camera work, and editing.

There were seven great movies shown in total and the event culminated in awards given for Excellence in Film Production and Best In Show. The award for Excellence in Film Production went to American School for the Deaf, for their movie titled Chess Tale.  We are thrilled to announce that New York School for the Deaf, Fanwood, was awarded Best In Show for their film, The Closet.  The NYSD Film Production students who all worked so hard to make this movie a success rushed the stage and celebrated their victory together.IMG_2270

In a statement made by ASL Student Film Festival Co-Directors, Amy Newland and Alaina Roy, they shared “it is the dream of the students and staff members that this Film Festival will continue to reflect diverse and creative submissions and grow in stature and popularity.  Perhaps one day, it can become a week-long event, where films created by young deaf filmmakers are celebrated, and the young artists will have the opportunity to attend workshops and refine their skills.”

Congratulations to New York School for the Deaf’s TV/Film Production students and all the teachers and staff members who supported their hard work, creativity, and dedication.

Also, a big thank you to the ASL Club students at York Prep. During the event, the York Prep ASL students delivered a donation which  will go towards future ASL Film Festivals hosted by NYSD. Thank you for your support!