WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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WWM: Please share a formative experience you had at TLC. CL: I joined the TLC Academic Quiz Bowl team my first year of high school and was the only freshman in the group. The other members were seniors who instantly took me under their wings. As prom approached, they asked me who I was taking, and I told them I planned to go solo. They would have none of that and encouraged me rather strongly to find a date. In fact, they already had their sights on a freshman girl they thought would be an ideal candidate. The seniors schools, at Princeton I had a great group of friends who all learned to sign fairly well, and, because of that, my social life was very fulfill- ing. We took classes and studied together. We ate dinners together. We chilled together late into the night, holding deep philosophical discussions on all sorts of subjects ranging from dating gossip to the meaning of life. We went to formals and parties together. Several of my friends were in the Princeton University Scramble Band (a marching band with a lot less formality and a lot more humor than a typical marching band), and, after a couple years of nagging, they managed to convince me to join. (I play in the percussion section!) WWM: As a Weston resident, did you ever consider going to the Weston public schools? CL: During my eighth grade year, I considered multiple options for high school, including staying at TLC part time and mainstreaming part time at Framingham High School, main- streaming full time at Weston High School (WHS) or at Newton North High School that has a full-time mainstreaming program for the Deaf. I had thought I might want to attend WHS because it's obviously a good school and it would give me an opportunity to connect with my peers in Weston, especially friends I had made in Boy Scouts. Ultimately, I realized that I valued daily interaction with the Deaf community, and the best option was to split my day between TLC and Framingham High School only ten minutes away. 69 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 7

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