Jazzie was interviewed by a local news station as part of a story about Ohio Valley Voices. Of course we were thrilled to participate just to get the word of the school out into the community. To this day not everyone knows that this school exists in the Cincinnati area and we want to change that! Everyone needs to know that deaf children are able to hear AND talk with the help of cochlear implants and schools like Ohio Valley Voices.
Getting the microphone on:
Jazzie is being instructed to talk in a clear voice and to look at the interviewer, not the camera ;-)
Ready to go:
Jazzie didn't disappoint and did amazingly well. She was nervous at first, but after the first question her nerves disappeared. The interviewer commented on how well she answers questions. Whenever Jazzie answers a question (any question asked by anyone for that matter), she always repeats part of it. For instance, when the news man asked her what she liked about Ohio Valley Voices, she responded: "What I liked about Ohio Valley Voices is...." She always does this and this is due to her years of training at Ohio Valley Voices where the kids are always expected to repeat the question back to make sure that they understood it correctly. He said she was an interviewer's dream :-) Add to that the fact that the entire crew could not believe that she was deaf and I would say that this was a success. The interview was taped at Ohio Valley Voices and it was so special to see her sitting in the same classroom where all the magic once began :-)
Jazzie has come so far and we are beyond proud of her!