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2010 Contest Winners

The 2010 theme was "Helping Others: How I Can Make a Difference in My Community." Students from across the country wrote, drew, or signed about what they can do to help their communities. Find out who the winners are!

Essay Winners, 15-19 Age Group


1st Place - Megan Bean
"That Power Inside of Me"
South Rowan High School
China Grove, NC


2nd Place - Brienna Herold
"The Butterfly Effect"
Metro Deaf School-Minnesota North Star Academy
St. Paul, MN


3rd Place - Christopher Jackson
"Soul of Philanthropy"
Carson Senior High
Carson, CA


Honorable Mention - Jennifer Wrenn
"That Tingling Feeling"
The Learning Center for Deaf Children
Framingham, MA


Judges' Award - Matt Campbell
"Pay It Forward"
Kansas State School for the Deaf
Olathe, KS

Essay Winners, 9-14 Age Group


1st Place - Nathaniel Amann
"Through Fire and Flames"
Arizona Schools for the Deaf and the Blind
Tucson, AZ


2nd Place - Lydia Werth
"Growing Stronger through Helping"
Sunset Elementary School
Alpena, MI


3rd Place - Wendy Brehm
"Raising Disability Awareness"
Kendall Demonstration Elementary School
Washington, DC


Honorable Mention - Allison Moore
"If I help others the community will be better?"
Arizona Schools for the Deaf and the Blind
Tucson, AZ


Honorable Mention - Emily Ibarra
"Active in Atlanta"
Atlanta Area School for the Deaf
Clarkston, GA

Art Winners, 15-19 Age Group


1st Place -Victoria Rainey 
My Wall of DIFFERENCES

Illinois School for the Deaf
Jacksonville, IL


2nd Place - Lauren White
Save the Environment For All the People

Hampden Academy High School
Hampden, ME


3rd Place - Erica Adams
Together We Can Make It Better

Illinois School for the Deaf
Jacksonville, IL


Honorable Mention - Danielle Brunner
Supporting Cancer Survivors

The Scranton School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children
Scranton, PA


Honorable Mention - Pauline Widurski
Guiding Light

Illinois School for the Deaf
Jacksonville, IL


Judges' Award - Kasey Smith
How Can I Help My Community

Texas School for the Deaf
Austin, TX

Art Winners, 9-14 Age Group


1st Place - Brianna Jones
Saving Our World Community
Kentucky School for the Deaf
Danville, KY


2nd Place - Elizabeth Linstaedt
Deaf Space Engineer
Metro Deaf School-Minnesota North Star Academy
St. Paul, MO


3rd Place - Destiny Slater
Magical Soup Kitchen
The Scranton School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children
Scranton, PA


Honorable Mention - Moises Tobias
Help Other
Marlton School
Los Angeles, CA


Honorable Mention - Yocelin Rios
Help Other
Marlton School
Los Angeles, CA


Judges' Award - Hector Sanchez
Help for Haiti
Marlton School
Los Angeles, CA

ASL Essay Winners, 15-19 Age Group


 1st Place - Morgan Campbell
"A Conversation about Community"
Texas School for the Deaf
Austin, TX


2nd Place - Kalie Kubes
"Believe"
Texas School for the Deaf
Austin, TX


3rd Place - Ryan Poindexter
"Energy Saving Light Bulbs"
Texas School for the Deaf
Austin, TX


Honorable Mention - Shaynedonovan Elliott
"Helping Children to be Successful Before It's Too Late"
Atlanta Area School for the Deaf
Clarkston, GA


Honorable Mention - Jacob Pfau-Martinez
"We Are All Part of a Community "
California School for the Deaf
Fremont, CA


Judges' Award - Rachel Docken
"Safety in Maplewood"
Metro Deaf School-Minnesota North Star Academy
St. Paul, MN

ASL Essay Winners, 9-14 Age Group


 1st Place - Brianna Dike
"Touchy for Homeless Citizens"
California School for the Deaf
Fremont, CA


2nd Place - Marilee Williams
"Take Action About Your World!"
California School for the Deaf
Fremont, CA


3rd Place - Jennida Willoughby
"Use Energy Smart Bulbs"
Illinois School for the Deaf
Jacksonville, IL


Honorable Mention - Mia White
"Keep Your Mind Open"
Rocky Mountain Deaf School
Golden, CO


Honorable Mention - Tiffany Anderson
"Feed My Starving Children"
Metro Deaf School-Minnesota North Star Academy
St. Paul, MN


Judges' Award - Emelia Beldon
"Rights to Sign"
Metro Deaf School-Minnesota North Star Academy
St. Paul, MN

Download a press release about the contest, and a list of all the winners.