High school sophomores and juniors who are deaf or hard of hearing can use the power of words to express their feelings and win prizes in the 5th annual SpiRIT Writing Contest sponsored by the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY.

Winners will have their choice of a scholarship and travel expenses to the Explore Your Future program at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), or a $500 cash prize. EYF is a 6-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 Evan Brown, of Guilford, Conn, Zach Jodlowski, of St Louis, Thomas Debraggio, of Clinton, NY, and Francesca Hurley, of Indianapolis.

The deadline to enter this year’s competition is March 15. For complete contest guidelines and entry information, visit www.rit.edu/NTID/WritingContestNR.

RIT provides computing, engineering, and imaging technology and fine and applied arts programs, and providing unparalleled support services for students with hearing loss. More than 1,450 NTID students study, live and socialize with more than 16,000 hearing students on campus.

[Source: RIT]