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Michigan Woman Wins National Disability Institute's My American Dream Video Contest
December 6, 2013
Source: National Disability Institute (NDI)
Lucia Rios of Holland, Michigan received big news on December 3, when the National Disability Institute (NDI) and National Public Radio News Correspondent Joseph Shapiro surprised her at an event at Holland City Hall to announce she won National Disability Institute's My American Dream — Voices of Americans with Disabilities video contest. Rios, a 33-year-old community access specialist at Holland's Disability Network Lakeshore and a freelance journalist, was one of five finalists in National Disability Institute's annual video contest encouraging persons with disabilities to highlight their American dreams. The purpose of the contest is to show that working toward your dreams is something all Americans share.
Rios's video received the most votes on the contest website, making her the grand prizewinner of $1,000, a digital tablet of her choice, and sessions with a mentor to help her move toward her dream. Shapiro will serve as her mentor as she pursues her book writing dream.
Brennan Heider, a 15-year-old from Green Bay, Wisconsin, was named first runner up and will receive $250 and sessions with a to-be-determined mentor. Heider currently sings and performs in theater productions and singing groups at his high school and in the community. Heider aspires to be a singer and performer, dreaming one day of performing on Broadway and recording an album.
Watch videos of the top five finalists in the My American Dream video contest.
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