As graduation nears, we seek to recognize our students and share stories of their successes and perseverance in today’s classroom. Every student offers a different story to share. Meet Ben Radez. Ben was an RCS student up until the completion of seventh grade. Afterwards, Ben transferred to the Rochester School for the Deaf to receive a curriculum and peer environment that better suited his educational and social needs.
According to their website, Rochester School for the Deaf is a partnership that includes an exceptional faculty and staff, involved parents, and dedicated community volunteers. It is an inclusive environment where children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing can access an extraordinary, rich, Regents-level education, and families can access professionals who have the skills, dedication and desire to help build their children’s successful future. To understand Ben‘s story is to understand his path to graduation.
Since birth, Mr. Radez has been deaf. That’s not the definition of who he is as a son, friend and especially as a student. While enrolled at the Rochester School for the Deaf he was an active member in various students groups and athletic activities. To build on those accomplishments, Mr. Radez continued excelling in the classroom and has been named the valedictorian of the Class of 2020 at the Rochester School for the Deaf.
For years, Ben would travel to Rochester, N.Y. from his home in Selkirk, N.Y. to stay at the school during the week. Five days each week he worked to further his educational, social and employment opportunities and become more involved in an environment that included his peers. As we approach our RCS graduation, we wanted to include Ben in our celebration. Once an RCS Indian, always an RCS Indian.
Mr. Radez will be attending the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in the fall.
Congrats to Ben and all of our graduates of the Class of 2020.