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Heather Whitestone - Her Amazing Life

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Elise Lindsey

on 8 March 2012

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Heather Whitestone She became very ill and had high temperatures, then, she became deaf when she was only 18 months old. She then had her hearing amplified with a hearing aid and she was taught to read lips and speak. She then went to public school with all of the normal children. Heather Whitestone was born in April 1973 in Dothan, Alabama. At an early age she discovered that she loved to dance. She said it was her one place where she could escape to. She then joined the Dothan School of Dance to study ballet. When she was 11 she started falling behind in school, so she convinced her parents to let her go to the Central Institute of the Deaf in St. Louis. While she was there, she learned sign language and met other deaf children. When Heather finally decided to go to a normal high school, her parents went through a tough divorce. Her mother took Heather and her family, exept her dad, to live in Bermingham. After high school, she enrolled in Jackson State University where they have a special program to streamline deaf students into normal classes. That year, Heather began competing in beauty pageants. She won Shelby County Junior Miss and Miss Point Mallard, then she competed in the Miss Alabama Pageant. After winning first runner up for two years, she finally took first place the third year. Later that year, she went on to win the Miss America Pageant. Her talent portion was dancing, she danced to, "Via Dolorosa." She became the first deaf Miss America, and the first Miss America with a physical disability of any kind. She then started a program called S.T.A.R.S. for Success Though Action and Realization of your dream'S. She started a program called S.T.A.R.S for success Through Realization of your dreamS. Heather wrote an autobiography, Listening with My Heart. She met her husband when he was an aide to Newt Gingrich. They got married in 1996 an live in Atlanta, Georgia. Heather's accomplishments were recognized by many media organizations, NBC, The Today Show, ABC, CBS, and CNN. She was named Peter Jenning's Person of the Week, was interveiwed by Barbara Walters on 20/20, and on the Tonight Show. She was also chronicled in many magazines, including Time and People. She wrote 4 books, Listening with My Heart, Believing the Promise, Let God Surprise You, and Heavenly Crowns. She had been a spokesperson for the Audible Hearing Aid company of The Starkey Hearing Aid Roundation for 14 years, as well as The Cochlear Iplant Company for 5 years. Heather had done organizations in Spain, Taiwan, Japan, Philippine, Canada, Australia, Mexice, and Nicaragua. She was a board member of the Nationnal Institute of Health on Deafness and Other Communication Cisorder's Asvisory Committee. She has 3 sons, John, James, and Wilson.
* Steady persistance in course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, or discouragement. Perserverance: * To keep on going no matter what life throws your way. By:
Elise Lindsey
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*Heather Whitestone
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*Miss America 1995 Heather Whitestone
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