Actress Shoshannah Stern establishes the Eileen Leahy Scholarship. @Shoshannah7 #Supernatural #SPNSignLanguageShirt
My name is Tracy Miller. I founded Arlene Miller Creative Writing in memory of my mother Arlene Miller (August 24,1924-May 10, 2005) to recognize & support all forms of creative expression. To achieve this goal, Arlene Miller Creative Writing profiles actors, artists, authors and musicians with articles showcasing their work.
Recently, I wrote a profile on actress Shoshannah Stern. Supernatural fans know this dynamic performer from her role as Eileen Leahy, a young woman orphaned as a baby by a creature known as banshee and who subsequently becomes a hunter to protect others from supernatural evil. The courageous and determined Ms. Leahy met Sam and Dean Winchester in the Season 11 episode “Into The Mystic.” The character returned in the April 6, 2017 episode “The British Invasion. Through a tragic chain of events, Eileen is now on the British Men of Letters deadly radar.
Stern has won over the hearts of Supernatural fans with her acting talent and compassionate spirit. With her delightfully authentic and infectious personality, she uses her social media platform to reach out to fans with her brand of positivity.
Shoshannah Stern listens with her heart.
The actress, who is deaf, mastered sign language at a young age. While the skilled actress is passionate about her craft, she is equally passionate in her support of the deaf community. This particular community is full of creativity. Creative expression, thankfully doesn’t discriminate. The opportunity exists for all of us to travel our own paths towards creative inspiration.
Through The Eileen Leahy Scholarship, Stern is determined to enable a student to attend the prestigious Gallaudet University.
On her blog, Stern writes about The Eileen Leahy Scholarship:
The Eileen Leahy Scholarship
A majority of the proceeds from every shirt sold will go directly to the Eileen Leahy Scholarship. This scholarship will help a female from the SPNFamily go to Gallaudet University, Shoshannah’s alma mater.
“I had no idea just how large and dedicated the Supernatural fan base was before doing the show. I’m so grateful that both Eileen and I were met with an incredible amount of love and support. As I’ve been generously introduced into the family, I’ve had the privilege of getting to know a great many of you who have reached out to me. I’ve learned that many of you fall into the same spectrum as I do. Some of you already identify as deaf, while some of you are questioning your identity as a deaf person, and have asked me for advice on how to deal with various aspects of the deaf experience. My response has always been to learn sign language and to seek out other deaf people, because the deaf community, much like the Supernatural community, is a family. As someone who is a proud graduate of Gallaudet University, I know there is no better place on earth to do this than Gallaudet. Moreover, as a proud deaf female, I am reminded almost every day just how fortunate I was to be able to get a college education in the many ways it has enriched my life. It is my greatest hope that through the proceeds of the #SPNSignLanguage shirt, we can pay it forward and help give another deserving woman this valuable experience.”
– Shoshannah Stern