I was sent here with eyes that couldn't possibly judge
To teach people the meaning of the word sincere
Because in the end, what you see can often deceive you
And things aren't always what they appear.
This is a portion of one of Burgon Jensen's poems. Burgon is an exceptional high school student who shares what she has learned from being blind and deaf in this newspaper article. Her determination and compassion are astounding. Her example of hope is unforgettable.
She is honest about what it feels like to be a mainstream student in high school and what it feels like to have people sometimes avoid befriending her because of the commitment it takes to communicate with her (she communicates through sign language by feeling the other signing person's hand and she also reads and writes in Braille). She says that everyone is really nice, but it still hurts to have people "look the other way". She is an inspiration to her classmates and teachers who all love her very much. She once received a standing ovation after auditioning for a school musical.
Her sense of humor shines through when she wears one of her T-shirts with the Groucho Marx quote, "I never forget a face. But for you I'll make an exception."
Some of the things this remarkable young woman enjoys doing are rock climbing at local climbing walls, reading, playing the guitar and being with her loving family and blind friends from other schools.