3/9/2017 -- Jenna Balmer is a deaf student (8th grade, West Middle) with a passion for theater and uses cochlear implants to assist her sense of sound. Recently, West Middle hosted a production of Alice in Wonderland Junior, and Jenna was cast as the key role of the White Rabbit.
She used her heightened sense of touch to stay on beat by feeling the vibrations and worked countless hours at school and home to make sure she sang on key. Jenna believes that deaf people have the same abilities as hearing people, they just have more of a challenge. Her determination illustrates that anyone can pursue his or her interests despite the odds.