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Colony's Alyssa Akers wins Scholarship to Gallaudet

This fall, the Mat-Su Sertoma Club offered summer camp scholarships for Deaf and hard of hearing students ages 13-17.

Alyssa Akers, Junior at Colony High School won!

Alyssa Akers and ASL teacher Sally Hoople  

Her essay on the topic – ‘How has technology changed the world for the deaf and hard of hearing?’ won her plane fare and tuition to Gallaudet’s Summer Youth Camp - Discover Your Future - in Washington D.C.

Gallaudet is the world's only university in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students.


The camp Alyssa will be attending is designed for deaf and hard of hearing students entering Grades 10-12 who are ready to work on developing their transition plans; identify their interests and skills; and explore different potential careers during classes and Career Seminars. Students will also explore what vibrant Washington D.C. has to offer. 


Sertoma stands for SERvice TO Mankind and esists for the high and noble purpose of SERVICE to our community. The Sertoma club of Mat-Su has a yearly Polar Plunge and has raised more than $200,000 for local charities over the years.

Alyssa has decided to participate in the Mat-Su Plunge this year and is hoping that any students who would like to be on her team come to meet with her and sign up. She can be contacted 3rd period in Mr. Mead’s room, in the library in Mrs.Hoople’s office, or in the ASL room with Mrs. Cappa.