I want to be able to type this recognition for the Maryland School for the Deaf and the 150th anniversary. As a political candidate that touts education as one of the platforms that I vow to push through from K-12, I have to say that MSD and several other schools played a role in my understanding of the importance of education. Education is something that isn’t just learned inside of the classroom – it’s also learned and applied to real-life situations that many people experience daily. “There is a lot of the awareness in the community because of the work Maryland School for the Deaf has done, and by the infusion … of people moving into the area.” Said Chad Baker, who was the Deputy Superintendent before he retired; which is very true – the Maryland School for the Deaf isn’t just a school – but its’ a centerpiece in the heart of Frederick County for the Deaf community – a community that I am proud to be a member of. The school is a home for those who are seeking connection; a community that can rally behind one another and show support for one another. I am an alumnus of the Maryland School for the Deaf and I also want to be able to say “congratulations, MSD – for lasting 150 years” – through perilous times and through golden ages – MSD continued and will continue to stand as a beacon of education for students that continue to move to thrive and excel in what they do best – becoming role models for the next generation and carrying on the torch of education.