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National Shoutout by Deaf High School Students

An energetic team of Deaf High School students created an action-packed FSDB video for the "School Shoutout" platform on the Sign1News mobile app, designed to allow Deaf schools nationwide to brag about the awesome things going on at their school. FSDB is the second school to do so, following the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf.

During her November 10, 2019 broadcast, Sign1News Anchor Candace Jones said, "Be on the lookout for an alert on your phone on Monday, November 11 at noon for the latest School Shoutout! My alma mater Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) is up. I must say my fellow Dragons pulled out all the stops to showcase all of the amazing things they are doing on campus. The best part is that students lead the way in sharing their stories."

Watch Shoutout by FSDB Deaf High School Students

The FSDB Shoutout video provides a snapshot of the many opportunities available to and narrated by three Deaf High School students—Cassidy Dainty, Zaniesha Williams, and Daniel Pletenets (see bios below). The video includes highlights of academic course offerings, dual enrollment and online courses for high school and college credit as well as career and technology education courses tied to work experiences both on and off-campus. Located in historic St. Augustine, FSDB offers a vibrant academic, extracurricular, and athletic environment where students engage, discover, grow, and excel. FSDB provides students many opportunities to do more, be more, and achieve more, giving them an edge for a lifetime of success.

About the FSDB Shoutout Students

Born to deaf parents, Cassidy Dainty (New Port Richey) entered FSDB in the 4th grade. Now in the 10th grade, Cassidy is involved in volleyball, basketball, Junior National Association of the Deaf, and SkillsUSA. She won first place in the school pageant last year. Her hobbies are photography and writing.

Hailing from Lauder Hill, Zaniesha Williams has been at FSDB since 3rd grade. Now in the 10th grade, she has been active in several sports—cheerleading, volleyball, flag football, and track and field. She won first place for freestyle cheerleading at the Mason Dixon tournament last year, and she is also proud that her team won first place at the recent Mason Dixon Volleyball tournament.

Daniel Pletenets (Jacksonville) started at FSDB in kindergarten and is now in the 9th grade. Long active in swimming, he recently competed at the Class 1A State Championship—he was also among the youngest swimmers at the Deaflympics in Brazil last August. He is involved in the Academic Bowl, and his favorite classes include aerospace and HOPE (Physical Education).

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About FSDB

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind is a tuition-free state public school and outreach center available to eligible Pre-K and K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, or deafblind. At FSDB, students learn how to do more, be more, and achieve more, fulfilling our vision of preparing them for a lifetime of success. FSDB gratefully accepts private donations to support vital programs that directly benefit students and are not paid by state general revenue funds. For a campus tour or to inquire about eligibility for enrollment, contact FSDB Parent Services at 904-827-2212 voice or 904-201-4527 videophone. For more information, visit


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