Announcing the 2015 Braille Challenge Finalists

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A Big Round of Applause for the 2015 Braille Challenge Finalists!

Image displaying the words 15th anniversary Braille Challenge and six colored dots representing a braille cell.Braille Institute is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and severe sight loss.  The Braille Institute hosts the 2015 Braille Challenge and Braille Works has been proud to be a Florida Regional sponsor for the past five years.  The Braille Challenge® Finals will be held in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 20, 2015.  Sixty challengers will be competing in their age group; this is out of 1,106 participants from 39 states and 4 Canadian provinces.

The Braille Challenge® is an academic competition; designed to help students who are blind become motivated at studying Braille.  The categories are reading comprehension, braille speed and accuracy, proofreading, spelling and reading tactile charts and graphs.  The competition is 2-days long and it builds confidence in children/students who are blind or visually impaired.

Here are the finalists for 2015; we wish you all the best at the Braille Challenge® Finals!

Apprentice

  1. Bryant Cisneros Hernandez, Georgia Academy for the Blind
  2. Lauren Ellis, Talking Book Services, South Carolina
  3. Landyn Francis, Georgia Academy for the Blind
  4. Emily Groves, Iowa Braille School and The Iowa Library for the Blind
  5. Summer Johnson, Texas Education Service Center, Region 13
  6. Calli Larison, American Printing House, KY
  7. Bella Liborio, Edgewood Administration Center, FL
  8. Teresa Liu, Vista Center, Northern California
  9. Zachary Nolin, Iowa Braille School and The Library for the Blind
  10. Brooke Petro, Kansas State School for the Blind
  11. Fernando Reyes, New Mexico School for the Blind
  12. Maggie Wehrle, UBC Faculty of Education, British Columbia, Canada

Freshman

  1. Hailey Baskeyfield, Oklahoma School for the Blind
  2. Audrey Bethay, Kansas State School for the Blind
  3. Holly Connor, Washington Council for the Blind
  4. Sujan Dhakal, Maryland School for the Blind
  5. Josh Goldenberg, Braille Institute Orange County, CA
  6. Marin Gundlach, Wisconsin Center for the Blind
  7. Jennifer Kasunick, Bay Village, Ohio
  8. Andrew Mueting, Kansas State School for the Blind
  9. Ciara Peterson, Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind
  10. Julia Stockburger, Maryland School for the Blind
  11. Richard Tienter, Missouri School for the Blind
  12. Katelynn Zampella, Oklahoma School for the Blind
Image showing a group of 2013 Florida Braille Challenge participants standing with their hands over their hearts during the National Anthem.

Here’s a shot showing a group of 2013 Florida Braille Challenge participants standing with their hands over their hearts during the National Anthem.

Sophomore

  1. Christopher Abel, Georgia Academy for the Blind
  2. Samantha Bomberger, Nebraska Center for the Education of Children
  3. Kaleigh Brendle, East Meadows School District, NJ
  4. Donavan Chasson, Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired
  5. Camila Carvajal, Charlotte, North Carolina
  6. Paige Drury, Carroll Center, CT
  7. Yael Korc, Oak Hill, VA
  8. Julia LaGrand, Grand Rapids, MI
  9. Ryan Menter, Carroll Center, ME
  10. Joey Parra, Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind
  11. Richard Yamamoto, Kansas State School for the Blind
  12. Xinyou (Ella) Yu, The Provincial Resource Center, British Columbia, Canada

Jr. Varsity

  1. Baylee Alger, Wisconsin Center for the Blind
  2. Kate Antolak, FIMC-VI Lions Eye Insitute, FL
  3. Chloe Ashford, Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired
  4. Emily Bowe, Gilbert, AZ
  5. Mitchell Bridwell, Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  6. Kelly Cusack, Carroll Center, NY
  7. Jessica Lemond, Michigan Dept. of Education: Low Incidence Outreach
  8. Jack McPadden, Carroll Center, MA
  9. Griffin Miller, Michigan Dept. of Education: Low Incidence Outreach
  10. Mikaela Smith, Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  11. Ashlee Thao, Kansas State School for the Blind
  12. Richelle Zampella, Oklahoma School for the Blind
Image showing a couple 2013 Florida Braille Challenge participants sitting on chairs reading braille.

Here’s a few of the 2013 Florida Braille Challenge participants sitting together reading braille.

Varsity

  1. Keisha Anderson, UBC Faculty of Education, British Columbia, Canada
  2. Cricket Bidleman, Braille Institute Orange County, CA
  3. Annabelle Costanzo, Iowa Braille School and The Iowa Library for the Blind
  4. Danielle Cowan, East Meadows School, NY
  5. Harley Fetterman, Texas Education Service Center, Region 13
  6. Brandee Hick, Utah Foundation for the Blind
  7. Jessica Minneci, Fairview, PA
  8. Christopher Nusbaum, Maryland School for the Blind
  9. Natalia Ratcliffe, Braille Institute Orange County, CA
  10. Hannah Saunt, Canton, OH
  11. Lauren Thomson, Iowa Braille School and The Iowa Library for the Blind
  12. Alyssa Townsend, Iowa Braille School and The Iowa Library for the Blind

For more information please visit the Braille Institute and download the 2015 Braille Challenge® press kit.

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