Hosted earlier this season by the Model Secondary School for the Deaf, the coed pageant drew contestants from across the country, who were interviewed individually but scored as a team in six categories: private interviews, platform presentation, formal wear, state spirit, talent and onstage interviews."The pageant's goal is to promote young deaf emerging leaders, leading to a stronger deaf community," said Montana, who was born deaf as a result of having two recessive genes. She is a freshman at the California School for the Deaf, Riverside, a residential school operated by the state Department of Education.
The school serves 500 students from 11 counties in Southern California.
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