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Contact: Dr. Karen DilkaEastern Kentucky University

  • Date submitted to deafed.net – May 29, 2007

  • To contact the author for permission to use this PowerPoint, please e-mail: Karen.Dilka@EKU.EDU

  • To use this PowerPoint presentation in its entirety, please give credit to the author.


Heather Whitestone-McCallum

Presented by: Krystle Trimble, Veronica Lux, Kelly Southgate


A Star is Born

  • Heather Whitestone was born in 1973 in Dothan, Alabama

  • Profoundly Deaf since 18 months of age

    • Haemophilus Influenzae Virus

    • Meningitis

    • Christmas Day


Early School Years

  • Mainstreamed in public school

  • Helen Keller – role model

  • Fell behind at 11 yrs. old

  • Central Institute of the Deaf in St. Louis, Missouri

    • Two grade levels per year


High School

  • Returned after 3 years

  • At 15, Jesus became biggest role model

  • Graduated from Berry public high school

  • 3.6 GPA


Dance Fever

  • Loved to dance at an early age.

  • Used dancing as a refuge

  • Joined Dothan School of Dance to study ballet


Jacksonville State University

  • Special Deaf program

  • Local pageants for scholarships

    • Shelby County Junior Miss

    • Miss Point Mallard

  • Miss Alabama

    • First and second attempts were unsuccessful

    • Won the third time


Atlantic City, New Jersey 1995

Ballet Routine

Via Dolorosa by Christian vocalist, Sandi Patti

First woman with a disability to be crowned Miss America

Competing for the Title


“Success Through Action and Realization of your DreamS”

Positive attitude

A goal

Willingness to work hard

Realistic look at your problem

Support team

STARS


Going to the Chapel

  • Married John A. McCallum on June 8, 1996

    • Met during her reign

    • Visit to Speaker of the House

  • Mother of two boys

    • John and James

  • Live in Atlanta, Georgia


August 7, 2002

Dr. John Niparko at John Hopkins Hospital

Nucleus 24 Contour cochlear implant

Sept. 19 it was turned on

Wanted to hear her family’s voices

“Hearing my audiologist’s clapping hands when the implant was turned on brought unimaginable joy to my heart.”

Cochlear Implant


In Heather’s Words

“Through ballet I was fortunate to find a place to escape, a refuge from my feelings of being an outsider. The dance studio was the one place I felt accepted and ‘just like everybody else’. Hoping to improve the rhythm of my speech, my mother had enrolled me in a ballet class when I was five years old. The ballet class boosted my self-esteem.”


For an Autographed Picture

Write to:

Heather Whitestone-McCallum

P.O. Box 672801

Marietta, GA 30006


Works Cited

  • http://www.heatherwhitestone.com/site/content/bio.shtml

  • http://www.vaccinetruth.org/heather_whitestone.htm

  • http://www.perfectpeople.net/biopage.php3/cid=772

  • http://www.cochlear.com/MissAmerica.asp

  • http://www.washingtonspeakers.com/speakers/Speaker.cfm?SpeakerID=1582


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