Stephanie Weiss of Wellington earned a bachelor’s degree in interpretation with a minor in biology from Gallaudet University during its May 16 commencement exercises.
Chartered in 1864, Gallaudet University is the world’s only liberal arts university in which all programs and services are designed to accommodate deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
While at Gallaudet, Weiss was on the Dean’s List for all four years, received the Al Van Nevel Memorial Award (2014), the National Honor Society-Chi Alpha Sigma Award (2014), the Dean’s Merit-Based Scholarship (2013-14), the Scholar Student-Athlete Award (2010-14), the Dean’s Merit-Based Scholarship Award with Honors (2010-13), the Langenberg Memorial Scholarship Award (2013), the Rotary Scholarship Award (2011), and the Florida Association of the Deaf Scholarship Award (2010).
Weiss was also involved in the Deaf-Blind Paraprofessional Program, where she guided and interpreted for deaf-blind people at events.
An avid student-athlete, she played basketball all four years, and soccer, softball and track and field for one season each and won many awards: Four-Year Athlete Award, Lady Athens of the Year, January 2014 Bison of the Month, Buff Bison Award, Gallaudet Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. She also served as president and vice president on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Her career goals are to become an American Sign Language (ASL) teacher, as well a part-time interpreter and an assistant basketball coach. She is considering attending Gallaudet for a master’s degree in ASL Education in 2015.
Weiss is the daughter of Michael and Sherry Weiss, and sister of Samantha and Max.