Atlanta Braves draft deaf All-State catcher

The Atlanta Braves selected Charles Henderson High School catcher Chase Smartt in the 35thround of Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday.

Smartt, who is deaf, was named the Class 5A Hitter and Player of the Year for the 2015 season by the Alabama Sports Writers Association and was selected for’s Super All-State Baseball Team.

Interpreter goes the extra mile for one student and becomes “class mom” to a large group.

When Iris Keller met Sydney Ward in January 1999, the sign language interpreter had no idea that in addition to a 16-year job interpreting for Ward, she would end up as “class mom” for the Cloquet High School Class of 2015.

Part interpreter, part therapist, part friend, part mom — Keller was always there.