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Sounds of silence: Deaf CCHS senior excels in a hearing world

September 26, 2011

Kelly Jo Hilleshiem

COLUMBIA CITY — Kelly Jo Hilleshiem’s passion for life can be seen in her vibrant smile, whether from the sidelines of a Columbia City Eagles football game in the ranks of the school’s cheerleading squad, or from center stage of pageants where she is a constant contender.
The Columbia City High School senior with the infectious smile strives to brighten the lives of everyone around her, despite living in her own world that fell silent when she was 16 months old.
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