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
nation’s 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 CSUN’s renowned National Center on
Deafness (NCOD). “I expect this to be another turning point in my life.
I’m a role model now. By being a role model, I hope I’ll influence deaf
children who may think they are very different from everyone else.”