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Big Struggles Make For Big Wins

bsbwAndy stands at the starting line, poised to take off the first second he can. While his teammates all listen for the loud “bang!” of the starting gun, Andy instead watches for the smoke to come wafting out of it because he is profoundly deaf. As soon as he sees that glimpse of gray smoke, he’s off. In his three years on the track team, Andy has broken two high school records at McGann Mercy. “He has a stack of ribbons in his room,” says Crista Barker, his mother, “and in every race he was in, he finished in the top four. Usually the top two.”

Andy never let his deafness deter him from something he wanted to do, including running track and cross-country. “I was the only deaf person on the team,” he signs, “but we were all …