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Teacher/Interpreter Awards

Kelly Hauprich
Paint Branch H.S. (Burtonsville, Maryland)
McDaniel College (Westminster, MD)
Major: Psychology & Elementary Education
Melanie Reiss
Wellington H.S. (Wellington, FL)
University of South Florida (Tampa, FL)
Major: Deaf Education / Interpreting

Hearing Impaired Student Awards

Erik Aguirre
South Plantation H.S. (Plantation, FL)
Broward C.C. (Davie, FL)
Major: Zoology
Andrew Almade
FL School for the Deaf & Blind (St. Augustine, FL)
NTID (Rochester, NY)
Major: Film / Video / Animation
Brittni McIvor
FL School for the Deaf & Blind (St. Augustine, FL)
Gallaudet University (Washington, DC)
Major: Elementary Education & Graphic Design


Cory Howells of West Palm Beach, FL
HS: Florida School for the Deaf & Blind     GPA: 3.8
ATTENDING: Lake City Community College
MAJOR: Irrigation Technology / Golf Course Operation


More information on the latest scholarship winner is coming soon!



William Buckley, Jr. of Gaithersburg, MD
HS: Quince Orchard High School          GPA: 3.22

University of Maryland, College Park
Computer Engineering


More information on the latest scholarship winner is coming soon!




Jacquelyn Vassallo
Wellington Community High School - Wellington, FL
ATTENDING: Flager College (FL)
MAJOR: Deaf Education


Jacquelyn Vassallo graduated from Wellington Community High School, FL in 2003. She is currently attending Flagler College (FL) and majoring in Deaf Education. Jacquelyn is our only scholarship winner who has no hearing loss;


however, her career objective is to become an educator & interpreter for the Deaf. TWP is proud to award her our 1st Teacher/Interpreter Scholarship Award. In high school, Jacquelyn was the president of her school’s ASL Club, and she has served her community with countless hours of volunteer work including our 1st Annual WIFFLE Ball Tournament.

Jacquelyn writes: “My past goal was to graduate high school with a high GPA and get accepted to the college of my first choice. I am proud to say that I have accomplished this goal through hard, dedicated work. I accomplished this goal by keeping a good head on my shoulders. I kept school as my main priority after family. I also chose the right group of friends that understood the high morals I set for myself.”


Nicole Tribbey
Palm Beach Lakes High School - Lake Worth, FL
ATTENDING: NTID - Nat'l Tech Institute for Deaf (NY)
MAJOR: Computer GFX, Photography, Marine Biology

  Nicole Tribbey of Lake Worth, FL is a ’03 graduate of Palm Beach Lakes High School. She is now attending NTID (Nat’l Tech. Institute for the Deaf-Rochester, NY), and is studying Computer Graphics, Photography, & Marine Biology.

Nicole is interested in becoming a professional photographer for a national publication like “National Geographic”. In high school, she was a member of the ASL Club, and she tutored deaf and HOH Pre-K & elementary students.

Nicole writes: “My future goal is to graduate from college. I would like to be the first person in my immediate family to get a college diploma.”


Jason Kensky
Springbrook High School - Silver Spring, MD
ATTENDING: University of Maryland (MD)
MAJOR: Architecture

  Jason Kensky of Silver Spring, MD graduated from Springbrook High School in 2003. He is now studying Architecture at the University of Maryland – College Park. During high school, Jason was involved in various activities from sports to church organizations to academic clubs.
He was a member of the National Honor Society and the Students for Social Changes.

Jason writes: “Throughout high school, I participated in as many activities and clubs as I could while juggling a part-time job and maintaining a decent GPA. I studied hard and made sure that I faced as many challenges that I could. I do not want life to be easy for me. I enjoy the feeling of struggle because the feeling of accomplishment after I have succeeded outweighs the struggle.”



Marquita R. Jones
William H. Turner Technical Art School - Miami, FL
ATTENDING: Lenior Rhyne College (NC)
MAJOR: Deaf Education

Marquita R. Jones is a ’03 graduate of William H. Turner Technical Arts School in Miami, FL. Currently, Marquita is attending Lenior Rhyne College in N.C. where she is majoring in Deaf Education. Her career objective is to become a teacher and an innovator in the field of deaf education; plus, she would like to start an advocacy program for deaf and hard of hearing people.

Marquita writes: “When I was 13 years old, I met other deaf people my age. I observed they had difficulty with reading comprehension and English. I also discovered that the hearing population had many misconceptions about deaf people and deaf culture. It was then that I decided that I wanted to become a teacher for the deaf & HOH students. I realized that I wanted to make a difference in their lives and change hearing society’s perception of us.”

Anna Bitencourt
Walter Johnson High School - Bethesda, MD
University of Maryland (MD)

Anna Bitencourt is a 2003 graduate of Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, MD. She is currently attending the Univ. of Maryland – College Park & studying Biology / Biotechnology. In high school, Anna was a member of the National Honor Society.

As an accomplished dancer, Anna writes: “As a little girl with a lot of willpower, I terrified my mother with a request to become a ballerina…In contrast to what anyone believed, one does not need to hear to be able to feel rhythm. I want people to understand that everyone, anyone can play the instrument of life.”

 “Being Brazilian and a deaf person living in the USA, I learned quickly the meaning of diversity. …As a deaf person, the first thing I perceived when I moved to the USA was that Americans have created a distinct world based upon their communication which expands to friendship and lifestyle….however, I believe that we have to emphasize unity…”



Alycia Nicole Lagarde
Damascus High School
Gaithersburg, MD

David Bird
Rockville High School
Rockville, MD


We encourage all hearing impaired high school seniors for the 2003-2004 school year to apply for a Together With Pride Foundation, Inc. scholarship. Please email or call (561) 801-1001 for more information.

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