High school students with hearing loss in 10th or 11th grade can compete in the second annual SpiRIT Writing Contest, sponsored by Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester, NY.

Winners have their choice of a scholarship and paid travel expenses to Explore Your Future, a week-long summer career exploration program at RIT for students with hearing loss, or a $500 cash prize and all-expenses-paid 2-day visit with a parent to RIT.

Teachers are asked to help their students participate by submitting samples of their students’ writing. Samples of class work may include essays, reports, poems, or short stories, as well as other samples. For complete contest guidelines and entry information, visit www.rit.edu/NTID/WritingContest.

The deadline to submit writing portfolios is Feb. 1. For more information, contact [email protected], or call (585) 475-6723 (voice/TTY).

RIT is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, where more than 1,100 students with hearing loss from around the world study, live, and socialize with 14,400 hearing students on RIT’s Rochester, NY campus. U.S. News and World Report has consistently ranked RIT among the nation’s leading comprehensive universities.

[SOURCE: Rochester Institute of Technology, December 2006]