Andrea Sonnier has been volunteering in the LSD after school program for two years. She provides tutoring to residential students twice a week and has also taught dance to our Middle/High School age students. Last year, Ms. Sonnier volunteered with the Miss LSD Pageant, sponsoring the winning contestant.
Besides her volunteer work with LSD, Ms. Sonnier is a student at LSU majoring in English. She also has been a member of the LSU Tiger Girls for three years. Last year, Ms. Sonnier began competing in pageants. She says she became involved in pageants "because it gives girls opportunities to further their education and give back to their community". Recently, history was made when she became the first deaf contestant to be crowned Miss Capital City. (She will compete in the Miss Louisiana Pageant in June.) Andrea has been deaf since birth, but feels that being deaf is a blessing and not a disability, and it has not held her back in life. Instead, she said it has only pushed her further. Her goal is to raise awareness of the deaf community and to help bridge the communication gap between the hearing and non-hearing.
Last week, Ms. Sonnier's story was featured on a local television station. Click here to find the page and then click on "Andrea Sonnier" to view the story.