Smart Kids With Learning Disabilities, Inc. Announces Its 2008 Youth Achievement Award Contest, A National Contest Recognizing High Achievers with Learning Disabilities

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Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. announces its 2008 Youth Achievement Award Contest, a nationwide recognition for high achievers with learning disabilities. Students, ages 19 or younger, are eligible for the $1,000 award. Candidates must demonstrate initiative, talent and determination resulting in a notable accomplishment in any field, including art, music, math, athletics, or community service. The winner will be expected to attend the awards presentation, to be held during the annual benefit gala on May 8, 2008, at the Marriott Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut. Transportation and hotel accommodations will be provided for the winning student and his/her parents. Honorable Mentions will also be awarded, though attendance will not be required. Application forms are posted on the organization's website. Contest deadline is January 31, 2008.

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. announces its 2008 Youth Achievement Award Contest, a nationwide recognition for high achievers with learning disabilities. Students, ages 19 or younger, are eligible for the $1,000 award. Candidate must demonstrate initiative, talent and determination resulting in a notable accomplishment in any field, including art, music, math, athletics, or community service.

Teachers, coaches, mentors, parents or students themselves are invited to submit an application. Application forms are posted on the organization's website. Contest deadline is January 31, 2008. Applications from Canada are also welcome.

The winner will be expected to attend the awards ceremony, to be held during the annual benefit gala on May 8, 2008, at the Marriott Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut. Transportation and hotel accommodations will be provided for the winning student and his/her parents.

Honorable Mentions will also be awarded, though attendance will not be required. Hotel accommodations, but not transportation expenses, will be provided for the student and his/her parents in this category.

The celebrated American designer Dana Buchman will serve as the Master of Ceremonies at the benefit event, according to Jane Ross, Executive Director of Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc.

"We are very pleased that Dana Buchman will be our Master of Ceremonies during our annual benefit gala and Youth Achievement Awards presentation," said Jane Ross. "We are proud that we are celebrating the fifth anniversary of our Youth Achievement Awards, and we are proud to recognize the strengths and accomplishments of students with learning disabilities and ADHD."

Last year, the first-ever dual winners of the 2007 Youth Achievement Awards were Cassidy Kahn of New York, New York, an AAU All-America competitive diver, and Jesse Kline of Towson, Maryland, who, after graduating from high school following his junior year, is currently doing field research for Global Vision International in the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon.

Honorable Mentions in 2007 were awarded to seven students from Los Angeles, La Canada, Garden Valley and San Diego, California, as well as from Maryland, Michigan and Texas.

About Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc.:

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering parents of children with learning disabilities (LD) and attention-deficit disorder (ADHD). Its mission is to educate, guide and inspire families dealing with disabilities and to change the perception of learning disabilities as a stigmatizing condition. David Neeleman, Chairman of JetBlue Airways, serves as its Honorary Chairman.

Contact:
Jane Ross, Executive Director
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc.
203-226-6831
http://www.SmartKidswithLD.org

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