Columbia residents graduate from the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind

SPARTANBURG, SC – Columbia residents Andrew Bibbs, Alexus Blandshaw, and Kayla
Jackson will graduate from the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind this month.

Andrew Bibbs
Andrew Bibbs was named the Outstanding Senior in the School for the Deaf. He was
also honored as the School for the Deaf’s Male Athlete of the Year.
Andrew plans to attend Gallaudet University or Benedict College. While attending the SC
School for the Deaf and the Blind, Andrew participated in the Junior National Association of the Deaf and multiple sports. He was also a student counselor. Andrew is the son of Felicia Bibbs.

Alexus Blandshaw
Alexus Blandshaw received the American Legion Award and the Residential Citizenship
Award at the school’s recent high school recognition day. While attending the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind, Alexus participated in Special Olympics track and field, Special Olympics bowling, and the performing arts. She was a cheerleader and a member of the color guard.

Her workplace training focused on food and nutrition and child development. She also
worked at Carolina Garden World. “My favorite times at school were outdoors planting in the gardens,” she said.

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Alexus plans to live in Columbia and would like to work as receptionist in the hospitality  industry. She is the daughter of Santina Blandshaw.

Kayla Jackson

Kayla Jackson participated in volleyball, basketball, and track field. “I learned to be strong and to stand up and speak for myself,” she said.

Kayla would like to find a good job after graduation. She is the daughter of Engrid Jackson.

About the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind: The SC School for the Deaf and the Blind is the state’s specialized school for students who are deaf or blind. It offers pre K-12 educational programs on its main campus in Spartanburg and specialized vision and hearing services in school districts and homes throughout the state. For more information, go to www.scsdb.org or call the school’s toll-free number at 1-888-447-2732.

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