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PHS Senior Wins Deaf Community Award

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PHS Senior Wins Deaf Community Award
Posted on 11/08/2019
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On Sept. 19, Portland High School senior Marena Thompson received the Citizenship Youth Award from the Deaf Community of Maine at the State House in Augusta.

“It felt like my mind was blown in the deaf tea event!” Marena said. “I just gave a short speech to thank everyone and it was a good experience. I also met the new Governor of Maine, Janet Mills! She is very nice.”

Marena's goal is to go to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf  (NTID/RIT) college to study chemistry and possibly become a lab tech. Last spring, Marena received the NTID/RIT Creative Scholar Award. This award is given to students at the end of their junior year in recognition of their interests and abilities in the areas of technology, innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship.

Marena is currently Governor Baxter School for the Deaf’s Junior National Association of the Deaf president.

For 16 years, the Portland Public Schools and the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing /Governor Baxter School for the Deaf (MECDHH/GBSD ) have had an educational collaboration. In 2003, MECDHH/GBSD’s high school program moved from Mackworth Island to PHS, providing Deaf and Hard of Hearing students with access to classrooms and extracurricular programs that only a large, diverse urban school could provide. In 2010, the MECDHH/GBSD middle school program moved to Lyman Moore Middle School. And in 2016, the MECDHH/GBSD K-5 program expanded to East End Community School.
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