PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Students at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf got a big surprise.
Well-known Deaf activist Nyle DiMarco made a visit to the school on Friday,READ MORE: Pittsburgh Lawyers React To Derek Chauvin Being Found Guilty Of George Floyd's Murder
It was for the school’s 150th-anniversary celebration.
Several people in Dimarco’s family are deaf, including himself.READ MORE: Columbus Police Show Body Camera Footage Of Officer Fatally Shooting 16-Year-Old Girl
He spoke with KDKA through a sign-language interpreter.
“Oftentimes, people think that deaf people are sad,” DiMarco said. “And that we’ve all been raised with all these problems growing up. That actually wasn’t true for me at all. I grew up in an all-deaf family. I’m the fourth generation in my family — with over 25 other members — who are deaf as well.”MORE NEWS: Southwestern Pa. Police Officers React To Derek Chauvin's Guilty Verdict
Nyle DiMarco was the second male winner and first deaf winner of The CW’s American’s Next Top Model for season 22.