When Shanice White first joined the Kentucky School for the Deaf volleyball team as a middle schooler, the upperclassmen worked with her and taught her about sports and more.
Now as one of just two seniors, she feels a duty to do the same for her younger teammates.
“I first started on the volleyball team when I was in seventh grade, and the girls really tried to help me with teamwork and how to communicate,” White said. “I wasn’t one of the best players on the team, but since the girls really encouraged me I’ve really become a better player.
“I’ve learned how to communicate better. I’m much better at teamwork, and I really appreciate the guidance they gave me.”
She appreciated it more because she did not know sign language when she first came to KSD.
“When I first started at KSD it was very awkward for me because I talked all the time, and I didn’t know sign language very well. So the students really had to help me and encourage me to sign,” White said. “I could really just do simple signs — Mom, Dad and my ABCs. That's about it. It took me about two months to really start picking it up, but it was an awkward two months.”