2009-02-05 / Local & State

National Writing Contest For High School Students With Hearing Loss

High school students with hearing loss in 10th or 11th grade can use the power of words to express their feelings and win prizes in the fourth annual Rochester Institute of Technology SpiRIT Writing Contest.

Winners will have their choice of a $500 cash prize, or a scholarship and travel expenses to the Explore Your Future program at RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). EYF is a six-day summer career exploration program for deaf and hard-of-hearing students that gives them the opportunity to sample different careers as well as college life.

Entries will include creative writing such as a short story or poem, a short writing sample and a personal reflection.

Last year's winners were Laruen Aggen, of Algonquin, Ill., and Jaimie Sloan, of Merkel, Texas.

Complete contest guidelines and entry information are at www.rit.edu/NTID/WritingConte stNR .

The deadline to enter is March 15, 2009. An awards program will be held at RIT in the summer. For more information on the contest, e-mail Writing- Contest@ntid.rit.edu or call 585- 475-7695 (voice/TTY).

Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized as a leader in computing, engineering, imaging technology, fine and applied arts, and for providing unparalleled support services for students with hearing loss. More than 1,300 students with hearing loss from around the world study, live and socialize with more than 15,000 hearing students on RIT's Rochester, N.Y., campus.

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