January 2020

Lindsey Jelinek (12th Grade, West Holt, NE)

Congratulations on being selected as the January 2020 Rising Star!  The Rising Star award is presented monthly to a deaf or hard-of-hearing student in Nebraska who stands out as a positive role model within her or his community and to his or her peers.  Students are selected based on nominations from parents, teachers, or other community members and are recognized by the Hands and Voices Guide By Your Side Program and Nebraska EHDI.

Carre Klein nominated Lindsey for the award, who submitted the following:

Lindsey is a senior at West Holt and has shown her town that being deaf is not a barrier, but an opportunity.  She has taught sign language to other students and classes in her town, has been in-servicing her teachers since the 8th grade, and has also been presenting her IEP via PowerPoint  the past seven years.  Lindsey is involved in many extracurricular sport/activities, is taking dual credit classes,  and has been on the honor roll throughout her high school career.  Lindsey has also participated in the Academic Bowl through the Nebraska Regional Programs.  She is the only student who uses a sign language interpreter in her school; therefore, there have been many opportunities to teach others how best to support the interpreter.  She truly has achieved whatever she set her mind to do.  I am s0 proud of her and am elated that she is my student!

If you know a student that you believe is worthy of recognition, please submit a written nomination to Jessica Hoss at jessicasuehoss@gmail.com.