Maize High School junior Brianna Dover is a proud member of her school community.
“I like the atmosphere but I also like that all the teachers care about how you are doing and want you to succeed in life after high school,” said Dover. “One other thing I like is that the school has lots of spirit at sporting events and want our sport teams to do well and move on to state. The school also has a lot of ways you can get help on the subject or class that you are having difficulties in. We have lots of great clubs that are very inclusive and will let anyone in who wants to join.”
Dover is involved in two clubs, the American Sign Language Club and SAFE Club, as well as participating in two sports, bowling and track.
For Dover, the best thing about being involved at school is the friendships she has made.
“I enjoy the bond between the teams and how I am learning American Sign Language in the ASL club and we are all being self taught,” she said. “The seatbelts for everyone club has also taught me a lot about how to drive safely. But I also enjoy how everyone around you in the activities and clubs have something in common and like to hangout and become friends.”
Her introduction to the ASL club was personal, and the subject is something she will continue to pursue.
“What got me interested in the ASL club was when I was a freshman I figured out that I am fully deaf in my left ear and at that moment I felt like the American Sign Language interpretation was the career I wanted to pursue,” she said.
When it comes to bowling, Dover has always been a fan of the sport.
“I have always loved bowling ever since I was little,” she said. “When I figured out that my high school had a bowling team I was so ecstatic and loved the thought of improving and having fun in a sport that I already loved.”
One moment that stands out to her in her sport is a great achievement.
“My favorite moment in my bowling career is when I hit my highest bowling score which is 157,” she said.
After high school Dover plans to attend Butler Community College for her general education, then go to Wichita State University to earn a degree in American Sign Language interpretation.