California State University Northridge
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CSUN Alum Lauren Teruel Named
Miss Deaf America 2000-2002

Cal State Northridge alumna Lauren Teruel--who blossomed from a shy deaf child into an ambitious young adult who skydives, dances, acts and aspires to be a writer--has been chosen to represent the nations estimated 28 million deaf and hard-of-hearing residents as Miss Deaf America for 2000-2002.

The 22-year-old Northridge resident, who graduated from CSUN in May 2000 as an English major with an emphasis in creative writing, is the second consecutive CSUN student/graduate to be chosen as Miss Deaf America. Teruel succeeds fellow CSUN alumna Amy Wong, who served as Miss Deaf America from 1998 to 2000.

I see the next two years as a fabulously new, blank slate, said Teruel, who also works as a staff member in CSUNs renowned National Center on Deafness (NCOD). I expect this to be another turning point in my life. Im a role model now. By being a role model, I hope Ill influence deaf children who may think they are very different from everyone else.



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January 10, 2000
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