The American Sign Language Club went to its monthly silent dinner to interact and communicate in ASL at Chili’s on Monday.
“I ordered a sweet tea and a bacon burger.” ASL 2 student Kenzie Watson said.
For the students in ASL, silent dinners are a monthly tradition that all try to take part in. Monday’s tally counted more than 20 students all communicating with their hands, with no talking whatsoever.
“Being immersed in ASL is a new experience and I really enjoy it,” ASL club secretary Bella Huvar said.
Silent dinners have been a frequent occurrence for years in the ASL club for many reasons.
“We organize silent dinners so students can experience what it’s like to be surrounded by Deaf culture. Plus, it helps practice communicating ASL,” teacher and club advisor Cory Crow said.
ASL club is very active throughout the year. During the weekly club meetings, members play games, learn new signs, and generally have fun together using American Sign Language.
“I’ve really enjoyed signing the national anthem at football games and pep rallies, and just getting together for the club. I also really loved going to the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD),” Huvar said.
American Sign Language, one of the languages offered by our school, is loved by its devoted users.
“What I love the most about ASL is being able to communicate, but the facial expressions used help to create a good story,” Crow said.
Many students plan to take their new learned skills further than high school.
“I do want to take ASL with me after graduation, and maybe even interpret one day.”
At the end of this semester, ASL Club and students are preparing for the annual ASL Christmas showcase. The students will spend eight or so weeks learning to sign different Christmas songs to be performed on a not yet confirmed date in December.
“The songs I think should be in the show are Frosty the Snowman, and literally any cover by Pentatonix,” said senior Leeann Boudreaux.
Boudreaux, the club’s historian, is one of the longest standing members of the club.
“My favorite thing about the club has to be watching people- especially freshmen- join the club, and slowly watching their signing skills improve,” Boudreaux said.
The ASL club is planning a trip to Washington D.C. in June. The itinerary isn’t officially determined yet, but the club is hoping to visit Gallaudet University, the only private Liberal-Arts college for the Deaf in the entire world.
“The Washington DC trip, sadly will not be all about ASL. However, if we have enough students going, we will be able to visit Gallaudet University which is really exciting… Aside from that, I’ve never been to Washington DC and it would be really cool to be able to explore the district along with several other students who also have never been. We will be able to see a TON of historical sites, along with museums, and of course the White House!!” Crow said.
The ASL club meets every Tuesday in room 209A. The next silent dinner is scheduled for Friday, November 8th at the Italian Grill. It is only being opened to the club, and ASL 1 and 2.