Oregon Commission for the Blind Student Honored with Dean’s Award


AmyRose with her “Dean’s Award of Excellence.”

AmyRose is finishing up community college and hopes to transfer to a 4-year college in the fall. In May, the dean of Clackamas Community College honored Oregon Commission for the Blind (OCB) student AmyRose Bonano with the Dean’s Award. Over 50 people — staff, family, and fellow students — gathered on May 29 for an inspiring ceremony via Zoom.

Two of her college teachers commended her on her perseverance, excellent attitude, and infectious enthusiasm. One of the teachers said that he was challenged by her to be a better teacher because he learned to explain things in new and different ways.

In horticulture class, AmyRose made braille labels for all of her plants and samples, and took braille notes on the important qualities of each plant she studied.

“I am proud of AmyRose and what she has been able to achieve,” says Chris Cooke, her braille instructor at OCB. “It hasn’t always been easy, but AmyRose has risen to the challenge and she is very deserving of this award.”

Congratulations AmyRose!

PS. You can also find AmyRose’s story on the OCB’s June 2020 newsletter, “The Voice.

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