1st Place: Matthew Cole
, a U. S. Marine was wounded in action on his second tour in Iraq. Working to overcome his own limitations, he began to see people as “abled”, not "disabled". Matt has become a valuable employee for the LA Dept of Veteran Affairs encouraging other veterans.
Runner-up: Laura Garrity
lost her eyesight at an age when most young adults are gaining independence. At STARC, she shows people that their strengths are greater than a disability.
Runner-up: Eric Penton
serves as a substitute school janitor where his positive, upbeat and giving attitude changes people. Without even realizing it, he is a wonderful teacher.