Thursday, February 26, 2009

Braille Readers Win Top Placements at Challenge

Four Fayette County students from the elementary and middle school level competed in the third annual Georgia Regional Braille Challenge with two of them earning top three finishes.

Fifth grader Justin Heard of Sara Harp Minter Elementary took first place in both the 5th and 6th grade division. As a first place winner, his score will be compared against other Braille readers from 12 regions throughout the country for the opportunity to advance to the national competition this summer in Pasadena, California.

Also placing in the competition was Katelin Sinkfield from Whitewater Middle. She finished third among middle school competitors. Other participants included Henry Hall, first grade, Sara Harp Minter and Blake Smith, third grade, also from Sara Harp Minter. All participants received a Braille book so they can continue to improve their Braille-reading skills.

The Braille Challenge is a competition for school-age children who read and write Braille. Braille readers from all over Georgia participated in the one-day event that was held at the Georgia Academy for the Blind in Macon on February 12. There are 12 sites throughout the country that host regional competitions. The 12 highest scorers from around the nation are invited to participate in the national competition.

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