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ABOUT OUR CLUB

What is the American Sign Language Club?

Hello! We are the CVCHS ASL Club! In case you don't know, ASL stands for American Sign Language which is a language used by the Deaf/Hard-of-hearing community in the US. In this club some of the activities we do is learn about the Deaf culture, learn new signs, complete service hours, go on super fun club outings like visiting the Mozzeria SF food truck, renting out movie theaters to see movies involving Deaf charters/ASL, hosting monthly ASL movie nights in the Clayton Valley amphitheater, going on club "bonding" outings, etc. 

Club Leadership Team

Samantha Johnson - Ms. Johnson (Club Advisor)

Hello everyone! My name is Ms. Johnson and my pronouns are she/her. Throughout my life, I have lived in many places. I was born in Kansas City, Missouri and moved to California when I was three years old. I’ve lived in Pacifica, Vallejo, San Jose, and Concord. I graduated high school in 2010. I’m old. ;-) My favorite subject in school was art. I am currently the level one and level three ASL teacher at CVCHS. When I asked why I chose to take ASL, I said “ Why wouldn’t you choose to learn ASL and be able to communicate with the community as unique as the Deaf community?“ My favorite flavor of ice cream is Ben & Jerry’s strawberry cheesecake or something chocolate and gooey. My favorite food will probably have to be Peruvian food - specifically cebiche. Currently, my favorite color is a light lilac or lavender purple. My favorite type of animal would probably have to be horses. My favorite candy or snack depends on my mood but I love hot Chito fries! My favorite vacation I’ve ever been on was to Ecuador and South America. It was The most amazing experience of my entire life! I have two Chihuahua terrier‘s. They are from the same litter. Their names are truffle and Benjamin. Most of my students already know them because I talk about them often (Hehe) some other fun facts about me or that I don’t like reaching into a 

bag of chips because it makes my hand and arm greasy. I practice yoga almost every evening. I’m a huge fan of the SF Giants, especially shortstop Brandon Crawford (his wife and I chat on Instagram sometimes). Lastly, if I didn’t have to worry about money, my passion for work would be to design Broadway theater stages!

Artur Gafurov (President)
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Hello everyone! My name is Artur Gafurov and my pronouns are he/him. I was born in Russia, Moscow! I am currently 16 and a junior at CVCHS! My favorite subject in school is leadership. I am currently on ASL level two. I joined our ASL club to support the deaf community in anyway possible. Also to spread word about the Deaf community since there are so many misconceptions about the Deaf community. In my opinion, more people need to be educated about ASL/the Deaf community. My favorite flavor of ice cream is vanilla! My favorite food is any Russian food. My favorite color is blue! My favorite animal will probably have to be dogs and my favorite snacks are skittles and pirates booty. My favorite vacation I’ve ever been on was to Hawaii. I have two dogs named Bonnie and Taya. They are both mixes. Some other fun facts about me that I work at Panera bread, I can eat more than many people think I can, I know three languages, and I treat my dogs like humans.

Carly Fassio (Vice President/Online director)
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Hi everyone! My name is Carly Fassio and my pronouns are she/her. Since I was little, I have lived in the same house in Concord, California. I am 16 and a junior at CVCHS. My favorite subject in school would probably have to be ASL! I also really love my orchestra class though. I am currently on level three of ASL. I chose to take ASL because I have Deaf extended family members and ever since I was little I have always been intrigued by ASL and the Deaf culture. My favorite flavor of ice cream is either vanilla or vanilla caramel. I also love anything with chocolate lol. My favorite food is either pizza/pasta or lefse. My favorite color is I meant/Robin egg blue color. I really just like any color blue though. My favorite animal is an elephant because they have super cute personalities. My favorite candy is probably anonymous. Although I really love sees candies. My favorite snack is probably fruit. I especially love nectarines, peaches, and strawberries/any berries. My favorite vacation I’ve ever been on was going to Teupasenti, Honduras (twice) on mission trips. I have one dog named Little Dude. He is a terrier mix and is only about 7 pounds! Some other fun facts about me are that I have played violin since I was 3 and now also play viola (along with a few notes of other instruments) and I have been to three other countries. 

Another fun fact is that I am gluten free! I am also both Italian and Swedish and love both the Italian and Swedish cultures. Lastly, next summer I am going to Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and France on a trip to Europe with the CVCHS travel club. 

Jaimee Suarez (Secretary)

Hi everyone! My name is Jaimee Suarez and I pronouns are she/her. Ever since I was little, I’ve grown up in the Bay Area. I am currently 15 and I’m a junior at CVCHS. My favorite subject in school is ASL! I am currently on level three in ASL! The reason I chose to take ASL is because I wanted to learn about the Deaf Community since I think not enough people are educated about it. (it’s also a pretty cool way to cheat on tests but we don’t talk about that.) my favorite flavor of ice cream is rocky road and cookie dough. My favorite food is Kare-Kare which is a Filipino dish. My favorite color is lilac! Favorite animal would have to be koala bears or pandas. My favorite snack is by far popcorn. My favorite vacation that I’ve ever been on was a trip to the Philippines for a month! I have a black labradoodle named Bun-bun! Some other facts about me I love to travel and go on vacations, I grew up on the app musically, I’m a proud Filipina! And I love fashion and trying out new styles!

Dawson Ly (Treasurer)
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Hello everybody! My name is Dawson Ly and my pronouns are he/him. Ever since I was little, I’ve grown up in Concord California. I am 15 and I’m a junior in high school. My favorite subject in school would definitely have to be band. I do not take ASL but I just love being a part of the club and learning about ASL and the Deaf community. I chose to join the ASL club because I wanted to learn about its culture and maybe be able to communicate with the Deaf community. My favorite flavor of ice cream is vanilla. My favorite food is com tam. My favorite color is red and my favorite animal is a dragon. My favorite snack would probably have to be chocolate, and my favorite vacation I’ve ever been on what is the eighth grade DC trip I took with my school. I have no pets. Some other fun facts about me and that I play three instruments, I know no ASL but I like to say I’m an ASL 6 as a joke, I love to play Fortnite and other video games, and I worked at an ice cream shop over the summer!

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