Hearing Loss Association of America Central Oklahoma Chapter (HLAA COC) proudly introduces Cassidy Floyd, a 2020 Scholarship winner. Cassidy is the daughter of Tony and Cara Floyd of Roland, OK. Cassidy will be attending Northeastern State University in Tahlequah after graduating from Eastern Oklahoma State College and playing softball for two years. She was born with hearing loss in one ear and it definitely made an impact on her life. The hearing loss required her to learn to depend upon herself but also showed that it is okay to ask for help. Many teachers, coaches, family and friends supported her when needed. Cassidy learned that when you put on a hearing aid you almost become a different person; one who can be involved in classroom discussions, one who can communicate in a group setting with background noise, one who doesn’t feel left out. With her hearing aid, Cassidy said, “I feel more comfortable out in the world and am ready to take on more challenges.” And she is. Cassidy plans to become a math teacher and coach so she can give back to her students and show them that while life may not be perfect, it is wonderful. She wants to show them that they can do anything they want.