Helen Isakson Pendergraft, '57, was one of fourteen women to receive "Women of Achievement" award at Kitsap County (Washington State) YWCA's 17th annual Women of Achievement lunchoen at the Kitsap Confeence Center on April 25, 2006.
Excerpts from Central Kitsap Reporter Newspaper by Tracey Cooper on April 29, 2006. "If you can believe it, you can achieve it is the mantra of Helen Pendergraft, a longtime volunteer for the Poulsbo Police’s Citizens on Patrol. "Thank you to my family. They’ve never looked at me as a handicapped person," she signed to an interpreter. Pendergraft lost her hearing at the age of 9, later graduated with honors from the Oregon School for the Deaf and graduated from Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. She has met with lawmakers about legislation that supports deaf and developmentally disabled people. She also evaluates interpreters as part of their certification and trains 911 dispatchers in responding to TTY calls."
Posted: 3 May 2006