2013 Honorable Mention Awards

These deserving and inspiring students will receive $500.00 payable from RiSE to the College or University for the fall semester 2014.

 The award money is to be used for school supplies, tuition or room and board. 

Congratulations to these 2013 RiSE Honorable Mention Award Winners!  

  • Emily Bruder-Mattson
    • Roswell, GA
    • Roswell High School
  • Kinley Craig
    • Atlanta, GA
    • Riverwood High School
  • Bailey Fulton
    • Sheperdstown, WV
    • Wakefield High School
  • Jonathan Hainsworth
    • Coconut Creek, FL
    • Dillard High School
  • Jessica Hattabaugh
    • Hamilton, MA
    • Hamilton Wenham
  • Dustin Henderson
    • Madras, OR
    • Madras High School
  • Madison Hunt
    • Parkville, MD
    • Baltimore LAB School
  • Jessica Klemm
    • Columbia City, IN
    • Columbia City High School
  • Allison Musolino
    • Sammamish, WA
    • Eastlake High School
  • Ashley Reinhardt
    • Baltimore, MD
    • Chesapeake High School


Spotlight on Honorable Mention Award Winners- RiSE will feature these terrific student’s stories throughout the year.
Kinley Craig   

Atlanta, Ga. 

At the age of 5, Kinley Craig was diagnosed with ADHD, as well as an auditory processing and math learning disability.

His specific LD’s made it hard for him to comprehend and process verbal information, as well as maintain focus. Initially Kinley’s parents sent him, to The Atlanta Speech School, where “they helped children like me overcome obstacles”. Later in his life he had to make a decision on where to pursue high school. Kinley said at this time, he was ready for a challenge! Kinley choose to attend a large public high school where he needed to “rely on myself for success or failure to best prepare him for college”. Looking at his high school career, it looks like success was what he attained!

His accomplishments have included maintaining a high GPA while taking AP and Honors courses, playing Varsity baseball and on a travel team as well. He is a very talented singer, participating in the school’s Advanced Men’s Chorus and was able to perform with a mixed choir at Carnegie Hall in 2009. Additionally Kinley enjoys volunteering in Atlanta and helping with projects at the Humane Society, Atlanta Speech School Gala, and with a baseball league, Christopher League, where children with physical disabilities learn to enjoy baseball.

Kinley ‘s open about having an LD and offers to others that they should think about talking to talk openly about their LD, as he is sure you will find many that you know “have the same struggles”.  As he looks back, he thinks his learning differences made him what he is today. Advice that he gives to younger students is to “surround yourself with people who will encourage them”. Find coaches, teachers, grandparents, teachers who are positive in their life and can accept (them) “just the way they are”.


Dustin Henderson

Madras, Oregon 

Living in Oregon, Dustin Henderson was first tested for learning disabilities at 9. While he did well with verbal comprehension and reasoning, he had trouble with processing speed and working memory. His testing, like many with LD, showed “huge discrepancies” in being in the superior range and then having a weakness in other areas. He felt very different than others. As many children are taught at that time through rote memorization, he was realizing that he learned more easily with a multi sensory approach.   As he recalls that time, he felt confused, fearful, and curious about his learning disability.

Today Dustin no longer feels that same way. He encourages others with similar LD’s to do some research and find what your learning style is and use this overcome your challenges. Dustin has found that using audio books, oral testing, extended time, and often times using a note taker were tools that helped him succeed. As he focused on working hard and advocating for himself, he became stronger and to a point that he saw his world in a new light. Understanding his needs, he began to look at his disability as a gift, and also his greatest challenge.

To quote Dustin, when giving advice to younger students, “You have been given the gift to think outside the box, use it and you may even surprise yourself with what you can do.” Dustin enjoys many activities outside of school, such as swimming water polo, biking, and fishing. Because of his hard work and dedication in high school, Dustin was inducted as a member of his schools National Honor Society. In his spare time, Dustin also competes in local races and triathlons. Dustin was able to turn what was originally seen as a disability into one of his strongest attributes.  Congrats Dustin!