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Obstacles don’t beat this deaf Ukrainian student

By Ashley Hiruko

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LYNDEN — Elis Topchaniuk came to town from the Ukraine three years ago. The 18-year-old, who was born deaf, had uttered only a few English words before and her hearing impairment meant the Lynden High School student needed to simultaneously learn both English and American Sign Language.

Her family’s move to the United States came about a year after Topchaniuk and her family had relocated from Crimea in the Ukraine to Chernivtsi, an area near Poland. In 2014, Russia had declared that Crimea was annexed and now a Russian federal subject, causing an international furor.

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Source: Lynden Tribune

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