Hornets player: “The only thing I can’t do is hear.”

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Hallways profiled sign-language interpreters from Hinsdale South’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing program a year ago. Now that defensive lineman John Klytta (No. 61) is a senior, I’ve been meaning to write something about him this season now that the weeks are dwindling on his football career.

This season, fellow DHH students and brothers Luis and Ulysses Contreras are playing football with Klytta in the program. I was surprised to find out during my interview with Klytta (through interpreter Michelle Dixon) that Klytta has coherent speech. His parents, Jerry and Adrienne, are deaf.

Unlike Klytta, Luis (No. 53) cannot speak. His mother, Lizbeth Villarruel, can hear and regularly attends varsity and JV games.

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