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The Able Trust recently released the results of its statewide annual Jeannie Amendola Speech & Research Competition.
Advancing out of a crop of 30 students from The Able Trust’s High School High-Tech Program are David Campbell of Broward County High School High Tech; Edward Grillo of Community Initiatives High School High Tech; Desiree Padua of Orange County High School High Tech; and Sharon McSwain, Gadsden County High School High Tech.
One of Clay County’s oldest nonprofits was honored this week for serving citizen with intellectual disabilities.
The Paul & Klare Reinhold Foundation awarded Challenge Enterprises of North Florida the top prize of $10,000 for outstanding community service at its 25th Celebrate Clay breakfast on April 24. The event was held at the Thrasher-Horne Center on College Drive.
Challenge Enterprise’s Katie Vineyard said the funds will go towards the nonprofits’ mission of empowering those with disabilities to rise above their challenges and become enterprising members of the community. This has been their mission since the beginning.
Able Trust's High School High Tech Program is growing in its success by more than doubling the number of students participating in their Speech and Research Competition this year.
The competition was developed so that students with disabilites could learn how to research topics and deliver effective presentations. Students will research and present fact-based speeches on two topics and compete in three levels of competition.
The winner of a regional speech and research contest for high school students with disabilities will compete against their counterparts from all around the state. This year, the contest has a new name.
Local Business Leaders and Professionals met with the staff of High School High Tech (HSHT) to give suggestions and plan for the Annual Shadowing Day this Spring. HSHT is partially funded by The ABLE Trust and Vocational Rehabilitation and run in Gulf County by Dyslexia Research Institute at the PSJ High School. The program is designed to give high functioning students with disabilities opportunities to learn appropriate job skills and explore career options through Career Shadowing and Summer Internships. There are 18 students in the program with many different interest in terms of careers. This is the 12th year for the program in PSJ.