Long Creek resident, Carrisa Ross, daughter of Long Creek business owner, Carmen Norris, is graduating May 28 from the Oregon School of the Deaf (OSD), located in Salem.
Carrisa was born with a hearing disability which requires she wear hearing aids. They help, but Carrisa must still read lips to understand fully what people are saying.
Carrisa started attending OSD about three years ago to help her learn sign language and to be able to communicate better with her teachers and fellow students. Carrisa's sister, Cassi Ross, also a senior, attends Long Creek High School and will graduate from Long Creek in May as well.
Carrisa says she missed going to school with her friends and sister in Long Creek, but really enjoyed and learned a lot from her OSD experience.
Her favorite class this year is sociology. Carrisa was also very active in volleyball, basketball and cheerleading.
Established in 1870, OSD is one of Oregon's oldest state-operated programs. Their motto is, "Excellence for each student ... community fosters success." They believe "Every child deserves the opportunity to be educated in an environment that brings out the excellence in him or her and that every child deserves the right to succeed." Each student is valued as a unique individual, to be treated with dignity, in an atmosphere where individual differences are accepted. They endeavor to instill in all students the intrinsic value of learning.
Carrisa has her own dorm room and feels the college setting and responsibility has prepared her for "real college." Upon graduation, Carrisa is going into the nursing field, but first, is looking forward to her senior trip which is a cruise to Hawaii.
Bon Voyage! Carrisa, and know your home town of Long Creek is proud of you!