SKHS student asked to sign for Seahawks

More than 65,000 fans packed Qwest Field Saturday, cheering and shouting, excited over the Seattle Seahawks playoff game that was to come. As tradition dictates, the fans sang along to the “Star Spangled Banner.”

Connie LaVair sang without ever opening her mouth.

LaVair, a junior at South Kitsap High School (SKHS), is taking an American Sign Language (ASL) class there and is a member of the sign choir.

She was asked by her ASL teacher Karen Johnston to sign the national anthem at the upcoming game after fellow ASL teacher Tom Price wanted a more advanced student to perform. Price is also a security guard at Qwest Field and was asked if one of his students would like to perform.

“He was asked, (because they knew) that he was a sign language teacher, if he had any students who would want to sign a song,” LaVair said.

LaVair found out she was going to sign the national anthem the day after the team found it was in the playoffs.

LaVair said she was nervous, but didn’t have to learn anything new to give the performance.

“We learned it at the beginning of the year,” LaVair said of the national anthem. “I just blocked everything out. It was a lot easier to concentrate.”

LaVair attends only a few classes at the high school because she is enrolled in the Running Start program at Olympic College. She said she hopes someday to become an ASL interpreter and will continue to become better and better at the activity she enjoys so much.

“(Performing at the game) gave me confidence that I could (actually become an interpreter),” LaVair said. “It gave me a chance to see what it’s really like to be an interpreter.”

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