Winners named in national art contest for deaf and hard-of-hearing students

Recognizing the best in photo illustration, graphic media, 3-D animation and film

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Four students have been named top winners in the annual Digital Arts, Film and Animation Competition for high school students who are deaf or hard of hearing, sponsored by Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

Judges picked the winners from entries submitted from across the country.

Each top-prize winner receives $250:

  • Photo Illustration:
 Samantha Broderson of Batesville, Ark., an 11th grader at Arkansas School for the Deaf in Little Rock, for “Girl with Hair.”
  • Graphic Media: Devon Ragolia of Wilmington, Del., a 10th grader at Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Wilmington, for “Ships in Air.”

  • 3-D Animation: Jacob Williamson of Olathe, Kan., an 11th grader in Olathe Northwest High School, for “View of a Room.”
  • Film:
 Moises Tobias of Los Angeles, Calif., an 11th grader in Marlton School in Los Angeles, for “Hate.”

The winning submissions can be viewed at

NTID, one of nine colleges of RIT, was established by Congress in 1965 to provide college opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals who were underemployed in technical fields. Today, 1,432 students attend NTID; more than 1,250 are deaf or hard of hearing. Others are hearing students enrolled in interpreting or deaf education programs. NTID’s Center on Employment assists NTID students with finding co-op and permanent jobs. More than 100 interpreters, tutors and notetakers support students in and out of the classroom. Visit: