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Quota International honors Misti Mellinger as Champion for the Deaf

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Misti Mellinger was named the Community Champion for the Deaf during a recent meeting of Quota International of Canton at the Canton Woman’s Club.

Mellinger has been actively involved in the interpreting profession and the deaf community for more than 13 years. She is a member of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, a national organization, as well as the Ohio Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

A 1995 graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in interpreting, Mellinger is a freelance interpreter and mother. She has national certifications in interpretation and transliteration.

She also trains hearing individuals – including Canton 911 dispatchers, Social Security staff in Stark County, schools, businesses and agencies in Tuscarawas County – in use of TTY, the telecommunications device for the deaf.


Stark Public Royal Knights basketball team jumped out to a 20-4 first quarter lead and never looked back in claiming their first Division 2 School Age Special Olympic state basketball championship with a 47-37 over the Miami Magic of Butler County.

The game was played at Hilliard Davidson High School. The Royal Knights were led by Cory Amatangelo, who had 20 points. Other leaders were Jason Betz, 14 points, Chaz MacLean, 11 points and 14 rebounds, Joey Zickefoose, four steals and Max Broom, five assists.

This is the Knights’ first state basketball championship.

Team members and the schools they represent are: Zickefoose, Betz and Branden Mayes, McKinley; MacLean, Amatangelo and Brandon Allen, GlenOak; Broom, Oakwood Middle School; Cory Martin, Jackson High School; Rachelle Borland, Hoover and GlenOak; and Nick Doll, Summit Academy.

The Knights are coached by Bud Borland and Bruce Martin. Jan Brunecz is the coordinator of Stark Public Special Olympics.


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