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Heather Whitestone-McCallum
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Beauty Contestant
    (February 24, 1973- )
    Crowned Miss America 1995 (September 17, 1994)
    Served on 'President's Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities'
    Honors include 'Academy’s Gold Plate Award,' 'Pulitzer,' 'Nobel Prize,' 'Peter Jennings Person of the Week,' 'Spirit of Achievement by Paula Zahn' and 'Albert Einstein College of Medicine'
    Wrote 'Listening With My Heart,' 'Let God Surprise You' and 'Believing The Promise'
    She is listed under 'Perfect People,' although no one is perfect.
    She lost her hearing at eighteen months old after a bout with Haemophilus influenzae virus.
    Doctors insist she was hours from death, but were able to save her life, but not her hearing.
    She had to endure cochlear implant surgery.
    She is politically active, enjoys ballet and enjoys posing with her crown.
    She claims to 'be a sinner up until fifteen.'
    She is the first Miss America with a medical disability.
    She is now able to hear noises that she couldn't prior to her cochlear implant.
    She is extremely religious and is thankful to have not heard the vulgar language in her culture while being deaf.
    She was the only deaf student in her school.
    Helen Keller became her idol.
    She says the biggest handicap anyone has is negative thinking.
    She is positive and persistent.
    She is active in certain charities.
    She was inducted into the 'American Academy of Achievement.'

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