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September 14, 2006

Gallaudet Essay, Art, Sign Contest Theme Tied to Winter Deaflympics

From: Gallaudet - Sep 14, 2006


For Immediate Release

Contact: Susan Flanigan
Telephone: 202-651-5340 (Voice/TTY)

Students Can Win Tickets to February 2007 Deaflympics
by Entering Gallaudet National Essay, Art, and Sign Contest

Deadline October 31, 2006

Gallaudet University and the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center are pleased to announce that the 2007 Gallaudet National Essay, Art, and Sign Contest has an Olympian-related theme:

“What does ‘going for the gold’ mean to you? How do you go for the gold in your life?”
Top winners in all three contest categories will receive combo tickets to the 16th Winter Deaflympics courtesy of the Winter Deaflympics Organizing Committee. The Winter Deaflympics will take place from February 1-10 in the beautiful mountains that surround Salt Lake City, Utah. Deaf and hard of hearing athletes from countries around the world will gather to compete for top medals in winter sports, such as skiing and ice hockey. In collaboration with the Deaflympics Organizing Committee, the Clerc Center has created a fun, educational website on the Deaflympics. Be sure to visit it at:

In addition to tickets to the Deaflympics, place winners will receive $100 from the Clerc Center. Place winners in the essay category will also receive scholarships (beginning at $1,000) to the postsecondary program of their choice. All scholarships will be doubled for those who choose to attend Gallaudet University. Further, the beautiful coffee table book, Douglas Tilden: The Man and His Legacy, about the famous deaf sculptor whose statues adorn the streets of San Francisco, will be awarded to top place winners and their schools.

Winning entries in the essay and sign categories and all art entries will be displayed on the contest website, and winning art and essay entries will be published in Celebrate!, the Clerc Center’s publication for deaf and hard of hearing students. In addition, all art entries may be exhibited during the Deaflympics and, later, on the campus of Gallaudet University.

For contest rules, entry forms, and other information, visit the contest website at

The Clerc Center at Gallaudet University comprises two federally mandated demonstration schools for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. It provides training and technical assistance to families, professionals, and programs; identifies, develops, evaluates, and disseminates innovative curricula and materials; and improves education for deaf and hard of hearing students throughout the United States in collaboration with schools and programs from around the country.