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Fontbonne Student Wins National Contest

ST. LOUIS - Fontbonne University student Melanie Paticoff, a deaf education major, won first place in the American Speech-Language Hearing Association's inaugural "Make Your Own Video" contest. Paticoff, along with her sister Dani and cousin Julie Rosenthal, submitted a video titled "That's Just the Way We Hear."

The contest is part of Better Speech and Hearing Month and encourages individuals to submit videos that share inspirational stories relating to speech, language and hearing. All video submissions were uploaded to YouTube and judged on originality and creativity, aesthetic appeal and content. Paticoff's video features her sister and her cousin, who is affected by hearing loss, sharing her experiences through a song written by Paticoff.

"People across the lifespan are affected by both speech and hearing disorders, some congenital and others acquired, such as after a brain injury or stroke, or just age-related hearing loss or illness," says Dr. Gale Rice, professor of speech-language pathology and chair of the Fontbonne communication disorders and deaf-education department. "People need to be aware that there is assistance available, and we're really proud of Melanie for already being a strong advocate for children who are deaf or hard of hearing."

The ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 135,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Paticoff is the secretary of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association chapter at Fontbonne.

Watch the video.

Learn more about Fontbonne's communication disorders and deaf-education department.