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Rep. Buck-Taylor commends American School for the Deaf student on graduation

June 26, 2013

WEST HARTFORD – A American SD graduation - 062513_0653aNew Milford resident walked across the stage Tuesday at the American School for the Deaf, receiving his high school diploma, along with a citation awarded by State Representative Cecilia Buck-Taylor.

Representative Buck-Taylor, R-New Milford, made the trip to the historic school in West Hartford to see Anthony O’Donnell join the Class of 2013.  With her was the Citation from the State of Connecticut General Assembly, presented on behalf on herself and State Senator Clark Chapin, which she presented to Anthony as he was handed his diploma.

“I commend Anthony for his hard work and dedication to this lifetime achievement and a high school diploma is a way of recognizing this achievement,” Representative Buck-Taylor said. “The importance of a good education can never be overstated.  In our rapidly changing world, it provides the foundation for a productive and satisfying personal and professional life. I look forward to Anthony showing all of us how to deal with challenges and still achieve success. I wish Anthony the best in his future endeavors and I hope he shoots for the stars.”

The nearly 200-year-old American School for the Deaf graduated 31 students on Tuesday, and its commencement ceremony included students who are either deaf or medically hard of hearing from a number of countries throughout the world.

“These students, like Anthony, were either born deaf or later lost their hearing at an early age.  They overcame those obstacles and excelled,” Representative Buck-Taylor said. “They’re high school graduates aimed at gainful employment or continuing education.  They have the whole world in front of them and I am sure they will do themselves proud.”

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