The Seminole Ridge Community High School Holds Fifth Annual ASL Show
The Seminole Ridge Community High School in Palm Beach County, Florida recently held a special showcase at the school’s Dr. Lynne McGee Auditorium. The Fifth Annual ASL Show, held April 8th, allowed the school’s chapter of the American Sign Language Honor Society (ASLHS) to entertain while spreading inclusivity and acceptance.
The ASLHS’s main mission is, according to the ASLHS’ site, “to encourage and recognize high academic achievement in ASL studies for high school and college/university students.” The society gives its students many opportunities to expand their knowledge of sign language by hosting the yearly ASL Literature competition and encouraging students to use ASL in their community through service learning. The society honors excelling students with medals, honor cords, and (as of 2010) “national-level scholarships for ASL students pursuing further education in the field of ASL, Deaf Studies, and Deaf education.” ASLHS also supports teachers with the right material and equipment to help their students learn the most they can from the program.
The high school’s chapter, led by Rose Adams, worked hard on becoming proficient in sign language before the show. “My ASL students in grades 10 [through] 12 had to sign songs,” she wrote in an email interview. “They would lip-sync the songs in English and sign a completely different language. This is a very difficult skill to master.”
Leading up to the show, the Seminole Ridge’s chapter sold custom printed event tickets for $5, and spread the news about their ASL show with posters. “We used flyers that were hand-made and posted them around the schools and local stores,” Adams wrote, who also stated that a combination of the flyers and word of mouth worked the best for promotion. Word of mouth as an effective promotional tool for the group makes sense; with the show in its fifth year, the group has created an avid fanbase that’s ready to support the chapter and its projects.
Adams wrote that the event “went fabulously well,” stating that the group “had nearly 250 attending the show.” “Every part of the show was [the] best,” she wrote. “We got the most applause when everyone came back onstage for the final bow.”
Adams wrote that one of the things that helped get the event up and running is to “use as much marketing as possible to get the most people attending the event,” and she advises others to do the same when promoting their events.