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Elee Vang, a first year UMD student from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota came to UMD with a title: Miss Deaf Minnesota. She is serving in that role from 2003-2005 and will compete for the Miss Deaf America this summer at the National Association of the Deaf Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Miss Deaf Minnesota is sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens. Vang is studying to be an audiologist and is enrolled in the UMD Communication Science and Disorders program.

The Miss Deaf America Pageant (MDAP) is in its 38th year and offers young women between the ages of 18 and 28 an opportunity to develop self-confidence as they compete to become a goodwill ambassador and spokeswoman of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). The goal is to encourage and foster future leaders and is part of the youth programs of the NAD. The MDAP takes place during biennial NAD conferences. The women are judged across a broad spectrum of categories including community service, academics, current events, knowledge of deaf culture, and more.

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Posted May 17, 2004.


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