Marasco & Nesselbush, LLP, Announces Scholarship Winners in Brain Injury Prevention PSA Video Contest

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The law firm of Marasco & Nesselbush gives $5,000 of scholarships to students in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut for creating winning public service announcement videos about brain injury prevention!

Attorney Donna Nesselbush, left, presents a scholarship check to winners Benjamin Dussault and Katherine Marie Henao.

All of the participants used creativity and compassion to help raise awareness of the obstacles faced by those living with brain injuries and those who care for them.

The Injury and Disability law firm of Marasco & Nesselbush, LLP, is pleased to announce the winners of the firm’s Brain Injury Prevention Scholarship Contest.

“We offer our heartfelt congratulations to the talented young women and men who created the winning brain injury awareness videos, and we offer our thanks to everyone who participated in this worthy effort,” said firm co-founder and partner, Donna M. Nesselbush.

Nesselbush said she was inspired by the videos and the insightful messages they conveyed about the serious problem of traumatic brain injuries and other brain disorders – including the personal experiences of several applicants. “All of the participants used creativity and compassion to help raise awareness of the obstacles faced by those living with brain injuries and those who care for them,” she said.

Marasco & Nesselbush awarded a total of six scholarships to students in the states served by the firm: Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. The awards totaled $5,000.

The winners are:

  •     Katherine Marie Henao, first-place winner of the $1,000 scholarship in Rhode Island. Henao is a freshman at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. Her video focused on the importance of wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle, bicycle or skateboard, as well as the need to seek immediate medical attention if signs of a concussion arise after an accident.
  •     Benjamin Dussault, first-place winner of the $1,000 scholarship in Massachusetts. Dussault is a freshman at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he majors in English with a minor in film studies. His video dealt with the cognitive, emotional and behavioral issues many brain injury victims face – and the need for compassion on the part of caregivers.
  •     Heather Griffin, first-place winner of the $1,000 scholarship in Connecticut. Griffin is a senior at Canton High School in Canton, Conn. Griffin herself suffered a severe concussion while rehearsing for a school show during her junior year. Her video featured other young people who had concussions, and included details about their accidents, symptoms, lost school time and how they overcame their injuries.
  •     Thomas O'Connor, second-place winner of the $500 scholarship in Massachusetts. O’Connor is a senior at Pope John XXIII High School in Lynn, Mass. Head injuries among athletes was the focus of his entry.
  •     Isabella Husu and Emily Betterton, second-place winners of $500 scholarships in Connecticut. Husu is a senior at Stamford High School and plans to attend the University of Connecticut, Storrs. Through her submission, she urged concussion victims to “think fast” and seek medical treatment. Betterton is a senior at Granby Memorial High School in North Granby, Conn. Her video described what concussions are, how they happen, the effects they produce and how they are treated.
  •     Leslie Tapia-Bernal, first-place winner of the juniors $500 scholarship. Tapia-Bernal is a junior at Oliver Wolcott Technical High School in Torrington, Conn., and she also attends the Connecticut Academy for the Arts. The subject of her video was brain injuries caused by falls.

The winning videos are available for viewing on Marasco & Nesselbush’s website.

Entrants in the scholarship competition submitted original 30-second public service announcement videos that dealt with one of three topics: “Concussions/Head Injuries: Think Fast,” “A Day in the Life of Someone with a Brain Injury” and “Compassion for Caregivers.” The winners were selected based on a combination of scoring by a panel of community judges and by voting on social media.

About Marasco & Nesselbush LLP
Marasco & Nesselbush, LLP, is a premier injury and disability law firm serving Rhode Island and Southern New England by obtaining extraordinary legal results for clients. The firm handles Personal Injury, Medical Negligence, Workers' Compensation and Social Security disability claims. Since 1999, Marasco & Nesselbush has helped thousands of injured and disabled individuals. The firm has multiple locations throughout New England. Its main office is located at 685 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903. For more information about Marasco & Nesselbush, LLP, call 401-274-7400, visit its website at or fill out the firm’s online contact form.

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