SC School for the Deaf and Blind Perform at House of Representatives Chambers


Columbia, S.C. (WOLO)– In a place you usually hear quite a bit of yelling, lots of gavels banging, sometimes chaos,  Wednesday the House of Representatives had music to their ears, literally.  Some very determined school kids took the floor and showed their representatives they can do it all.  It was a performance not like any other, students from the School for the Deaf and Blind (SCSDB) sounded and looked incredible when they performed for their representatives from across the state.


“You’re honored, I’m honored to do it and it feels really great,” Briantae Hennigan said, a senior at SCSDB. 


“It made me feel proud,” Allan Gaona signed. Goana is a 11-year-old Deaf student at SCSDB.  The blind and Deaf students showed their representatives that they can do anything they put their minds to.


“Don’t doubt us because we can’t do anything, we are going to show you we can do it,” Hennigan said. 


“They like showing people, hey, we can do just as much as what anybody else can do. The key is making it accessible to the students,” Josh Padgett, Fine Arts Coordinator for the school said proudly.  


For Hennigan it was a bittersweet moment. She is a senior and this is her last time performing at the Statehouse. However, she hopes to go on to Coastal Carolina and major in music.


“Singing means everything to me because people doubt me in life and say that you can’t sing and all I would say is in the future I want to do a lot of things with music and voice. And people would be like, you’re blind you cannot do this. And I’ve come so far, and now I’m here to show them that I can do this. It means a lot. It’s everything,” Hennigan said. 


Hennigan said no matter her abilities, she is going to do what makes her heart sing.


“Never doubt yourself, keep dreaming for the stars. You’re going to do good things in life,” Hennigan said.