The NAD Miss Deaf America, Rachel Mazique, shared her interesting story about herself and her various experiences. She actually lured us into her background by explaining how she got involved in the Miss Deaf America Ambassador Program (MDAAP). Through her mother's encouragement, her mother said, “you can succeed after trying something and there’s no reason to say no to something,” meaning that other people or even you should jump at any opportunity and do it. In that same moment, she said that she finally followed her mom’s instincts that she should try and get involved in MDAAP. On another note, she won the title as Miss Deaf Latino in Chicago. From that experience, she decided to participate and compete for the Miss Deaf America title.
The reason that Rachel has made her appearance at YLC was to teach us important value-based lessons such as the ripple effect, sharing the importance of making a positive influence. In addition, she also explained her trip to the NAD Conference, competing at the NAD Miss Deaf America competition in Philadelphia. Our favorite quote from her was: “The small action you take can create a lasting impact on others and your life.” She taught us that we can always try something new and keep an open mind and an open heart.
She also mentioned about receiving wonderful support from her family, friends, and members of the community. She encouraged us to ask for support, give support, and believe in yourself. Giving support is what keeps the community strong.
It was really nice to have her come and stay with us for two days and she went to Silver Falls with us. She had a pleasant time interacting with us! We wish her all the best during her journey as NAD Miss Deaf America.
We learned many things about Rachel's journey to winning the MDA crown.
Rachel interacted with the campers and enjoyed watching them grow.
Rachel talked about her trip to the NAD Conference in Philadelphia.
The YLC audience watched Rachel's presentation and was very fascinated.
NAD Miss Deaf America, Rachel, shared several tips about making a positive influence on others.