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Hematite pride here

December 26, 2012
The Mining Journal

To the Journal editor:

I recently spent one of the greatest days of my life watching my youngest grandson, Adam Prisk, and his teammates win the Div. 7 State Football Championship at Ford Field.

I know there were a lot of friends, family, and grandparents there, but this was something I never dreamed I would see.

My grandson was born deaf 19 years ago, and received a cochlear implant at 3 years old and hasn't stopped since!

By the time he was 2 years old, he could sign over 300 words, and by 4 years, he was talking and never stopped! Through a lot of support from family, friends, teachers, his aide Mrs. Palkki, and his own sheer determination, he hasn't let the disability stop him from anything.

I've watched this young man play football, baseball, basketball, wrestle, run track, and all this time remain on the honor roll. He has had many wonderful caring coaches, who gave him the extra time it took to train him.

I'm sure it wasn't always easy to have the patience, to maybe explain a play to him twice, because he didn't hear it the first time. Then to have him run left instead of right.

I do know Coach Syrjala and Coach Olson have spent many extra hours with him and encouraged his team mates to work together to support him.

On Nov. 24, I saw the culmination of all the hard work and patience his coaches, teammates, and he, put in. They stood tall, with determination and a sense of oneness, and the knowledge that there was a higher power looking over them. They put their heart and souls into that game and came out the victors.

As the tears rolled down my cheeks, my heart bursting with pride, I could only think, thank you. Thank you God, for the loving supportive friends and family. Thank you, God for how far this young man has come.

And thank you to all those people who have passed through his life, who always told him, you can do anything!

Lorna Ternus, Marquette



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