Meet: Adam Gouvan
High School Student
Indiana School for the Deaf
Who I am - words that describe me:
I am sensitive, analytical, and love to take on challenges. I stand up
for what I believe in and am willing to accept risks. I love to discuss
and debate issues that are important to me. I am very expressive with
my thoughts, ideas, and opinions. I believe in being honest and always
My personal challenges:
I have learned a lot about challenges from growing up on a farm. I remember
helping my stepfather build a fence that was more than 100 feet long.
I remember looking at how many fence post holes had to be dug and thinking
that I would never get done! I didn't give up and I felt very good when
the project was finished. The training for becoming a certified scuba
diver was very challenging.
Letting go of my fear was difficult, but I did it!
My career challenges:
Facing challenges has taught me patience and commitment.
I am a senior in the High School Department at the Indiana School for
the Deaf. I am involved in Student Council and am the vice president for
the senior class. I am involved in the sports of wrestling and track.
I like being a student at the Indiana School for the Deaf! We have many
good teachers, many programs and activities that we can participate in,
and a great science department.
There have been several persons who have influenced me. Most of all, I
appreciated our school's former high school supervising teacher, Jeff
Choate. He is now working at the Missouri School for the Deaf. He helped
me quite a lot. He knows my strengths and weaknesses and knows how to
motivate me. Other people who have influenced me are Frank Turk, former
NAD president, and my friend, Curt Nord.
Many people tease me because I love to debate and seem to have a very
political and analytical philosophy about life. Maybe I should have the
goal of becoming a politician or being President of Gallaudet University
someday in the future!
My thoughts about space exploration:
I believe space exploration is important! The things we learn from space
exploration will help us understand the world and how we fit into the
"big picture of things."