Hoosiers Competing in Braille Challenge

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(photo courtesy Braille Institute) (photo courtesy Braille Institute)

Four Indiana students will take part in the 2017 Braille Challenge finals in California this weekend. The competition, which will take place at the University of Southern California, is the only national reading and writing contest in braille for students who are blind or visually impaired.

The Hoosier students are among 50 finalists in the competition, which aims to encourage children to fine tune their braille skills. They will compete in five categories: reading comprehension, spelling, chart and graph reading, proofreading, and speed and accuracy. 

The finalists are separated into five age groups: Apprentice (1st and 2nd grade), Freshman (3rd and 4th grade), Sophomore (5th and 6th grade), Junior Varsity (7th, 8th, and 9th grade) and Varsity (10th, 11th and 12th grade). The top three finalists in each age category will be recognized at a special awards ceremony.

The Indiana representatives in the competition are:

  • Mitchell Bridwell - Pittsboro - Varsity
  • Ian Receveur - Georgetown - Sophomore
  • May Resendiz - Avon - Apprentice
  • Kaylei Carie - Dubois - Apprentice

"The Braille Challenge is a hallmark program for Braille Institute as it focuses on braille literacy while supporting children with vision loss in communities across the country and in Canada to strengthen their academic and social skills," said Peter Mindnich, president of the Braille Institute. "We see participants blossom with confidence, self-assurance and a belief that they can accomplish anything they set out to do. The rewards are immeasurable for everyone involved in the annual event."

You can find more information on the Braille Challenge by clicking here.

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