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CiTi Deaf/Hard-Of-Hearing Students Win Essay Contest

MEXICO – Through a writing contest at the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation, six deaf/hard-of-hearing students recently won vibrating alarm clocks.

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Members of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Club at the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation show off the certificates and prizes they earned as part of a recent essay contest. From left are winners Tonaya Gorton (Mexico); Aaliyah Ripley (Central Square); Chloe Stevens (Pulaski); Heidi Brown (Sandy Creek).

The students wrote persuasive essays about why they could benefit from a vibrating alarm clock.

Each submission detailed some of the struggles and inconveniences that the students have experience with their current alarms.

According to one student, her alarm clock disturbs everyone in her household.

“Because I do have a moderate to severe hearing loss, I have my alarm set to maximum volume, which results in waking up my whole house because it is irritatingly loud,” the student wrote. “I’ve always had a thought about buying a vibrating alarm clock in the back of my mind, but was never able to afford one.”

For the deaf/hard-of-hearing students who have had to endure similar situations every morning, the contest prizes will make life a bit easier.

Harris Communications and the Oswego Elks Club donated the vibrating alarm clocks, which were recently presented to the winners at the CiTi Mexico campus.

The recipients of the prizes were Tonaya Gorton (Mexico); Aaliyah Ripley (Central Square); Chloe Stevens (Pulaski); Heidi Brown (Sandy Creek); Brianna Gillette (Mexico) and Brook Jones (Phoenix).