Story Highlights: 

  • Deaf and hard-of-hearing high school students from all over the country competed for prizes in arts and writing competitions.
  • Entires in the digital arts competition were judged in film, graphic media, photo imaging and 3D animation categories and winners received cash prizes.
  • SpiRIT Writing Contest winners could choose from a  cash award or a spot in Explore Your Future, RIT/NTID’s summer career exploration program.

Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf has announced the winners of the annual Digital Arts, Film and Animation Competition for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students. The contest, in its ninth year, resulted in dozens of entries in interactive media, graphic media, photo imaging, Web page design, film and 3D animation.

The winners of each category, receiving a $250 prize, are:
            Film: Paola Almonte of Chelsea, Mass., a student at Boston Arts Academy, for The Good Boys.
            Graphic Media: Heather Afriyie of Lorton, Va., a student at Woodson High School, for Fire on my Face!
            Photo Imaging: Tiffany M. Robertson of Sadieville, Ky., a student at Elkhorn Crossing School, for A Cowgirl’s Wedding.
            3D Animation: David Katter of Indianapolis, Ind., a student at Indiana School for the Deaf, for “Mutual Destruction.”
The runners-up were:
            Film: Jackson Callahan of Olathe, Kan., a student at Olathe South High School, for Football.
            Graphic Media: Heather Afriyie of Lorton, Va., a student at Woodson High School, for My Dear Tree.
            Photo Imaging: Calyssa Yepez of Riverside, Calif., a student at California School for the Deaf-Riverside, for “Leaf with Eye.”

The winning entries may be seen at www.rit.edu/ntid/dafac/.

Winners of the SpiRIT Writing Contest were Alexandra Creech of Bloomington, Ind., a 10th grader at Indiana Connections Academy; Jacob Custer of Lincoln, Neb., a 10th grader at Lincoln Southeast High School; Cooper Graves of Morrow, Ohio, an 11th grader at Moeller High School, for “Eco-Architecture: Next Big Thing?”; and Gracie Kelleher of Quincy, Fla., an 11th grader at Robert F. Munroe Day School, for “The Maya Angelou Effect: A Legend that Lives Past the Grave.”

Writing contest winners receive their choice of $500 or a spot at NTID’s Explore Your Future summer camp.


Digital Arts Competition and SpiRIT Writing Contest Winners

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