Without Words


Carson Lee, Editor-in-Chief

She wakes up at 5:50. She leaves the house at 6:30. It’s a daily one hour and two-minute commute to Rider High School from her house in Graham, but this is just one of the “should be” challenging aspects of her day.

Sophomore Jackie Anaya is deaf. When she was a toddler, her parents became aware and started teaching her sign language. With the help of her sister, Anaya found a passion: Art.

“When I was little, I started drawing with my sister, just doing basic sketches,” Anaya said. “After working at it for a while, I got to where I was ready to try more advanced art.”

Anaya’s translator, Anna Arredondo explained her ability to see Jackie’s emotion through her art.

“I am able to see where Jackie’s mind is by what she includes in her art,” Arredondo said. “Whether it’s a simple sketch or a painting she’s been working on, it’s evident that Jackie finds peace through her art.”

Anaya also explained her appreciation for all aspects of art and how she uses it as a self-expression.

Along with that, she revealed one hidden advantage to being deaf in art class.

“It’s very easy for me to stay focused because while everyone around me is talking, I can easily come up with ideas,” Anaya said.

Anaya mentioned her position of all art has its value, and how there isn’t just one genre that stood out as an easy favorite.

Both Anaya and Arredondo explained how art gives more character to Anaya with each completed piece of art.

“Many times my art is simply a reflection of me,” Anaya said. “It’s definitely become an outlet for my emotion, but art has always had the quality of being fun to me.”

Arredondo acknowledged the importance and value of having such a committed student and artist like Anaya, and being able to see her grow.

Anaya didn’t shy away from revealing the dedication it takes to be an artist.

“All styles of art have developed the joy I find in art,” Anaya said. “With any free time I have, I draw,”