Eleasha Clement, 17, Meadowdale High School senior

A good sign: Started learning American Sign Language seven years ago and plans to pursue a career working with young deaf children.

Resourceful: Has exhausted the ASL curriculum at Meadowdale and Edmonds-Woodway high schools as well as Seattle Central Community College. Is now a teacher’s assistant for a Meadowdale ASL class and plans to take ASL theater course at community college in the spring.

College plans: Has applied to Gallaudet University, Western Oregon University and Rochester Institute of Technology. All have strong programs for deaf students and others pursuing careers of working with the deaf.

Another language: Has also taken four years of Spanish and interpreted for deaf students at a camp in Oregon when they were in a Spanish-speaking restaurant.

Rigorous schedule: Taking three college-level Advanced Placement classes in calculus, English and European history as well as a physics class. “I was going to take deaf culture but it was at the same time as calculus.”

Good times: “The best part of high school is probably senior year homecoming with all the activities going on.”

Flip side: “I won’t miss finals. Those are stressful and I won’t miss applying to colleges. That’s stressful, too.”

Hope on the slope: In third year of teaching little children – ages 3-6 – how to ski at Stevens Pass through a ski school. “It’s a lot of fun but it’s really challenging. Some will progress quicker than others.”

Favorite book: “Captivating” by John Eldredge.

Favorite movies: “A Walk to Remember,” “Step Up” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

Helping out: Has been a Link leader for three years helping freshmen successfully make the transition into high school.

On the go: Active in church youth group and spent eight weeks last summer at deaf and Christian camps and on a family vacation.

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