Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The National Braille Challenge

I would like to congratulate the winners of the 2013 regional braille challenge competition. Today they are being flown from all across our nation to Los Angeles to compete in the National Braille Challenge.
This is a list of the finalists from this year.

APPRENTICE

  • Hailey Baskeyfield - OK, Oklahoma Center for the Education of Children
  • Audrey Bethay - KS, Kansas State School for the Blind
  • Sujan Dhakal - MD, Maryland School for the Blind
  • Marin Gundlach - WI, Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Alexander Holstein - WV, West Virginia Regional Braille Challenge
  • Jennifer Kasunick - OH
  • Anthony Moncman - PA
  • Ava  Pacheco - PA
  • Ian Receveur - IN, Indiana School for the Blind
  • Julia Stockburger - MD, Maryland School for the Blind
  • Richard Tienter - MO, Missouri School for the Blind
  • Katelynn Zampella - OK, Oklahoma School for the Blind
  • Madison Wardell - FL
  • Diya Chakraborty - AR, Arkansas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired

FRESHMAN

  • Christopher Abel - GA, Georgia Academy for the Blind & The Atlanta Braille Volunteers
  • Samantha Bomberger - NE, Nebraska Center for the Education of Children
  • Kaleigh Brendle - NY, East Meadow School District
  • Paige Drury - CT, The Carroll Center for the Blind
  • Geneva Harris - GA, Georgia Academy for the Blind & The Atlanta Braille Volunteers
  • Kendra Holloway - GA, Georgia Academy for the Blind & The Atlanta Braille Volunteers
  • Yael Korc - TX, Texas Education Service Center, Region 13
  • Julia LaGrand - MI
  • Ton Pham - FL, Florida Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Impaired
  • Jacob Reynolds - FL, FIMC-VI Lions Eye Institute
  • Deyannira Villa Cazares - CO, Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
  • Ella Yu - BC, CanadaThe Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired

SOPHOMORE

  • Jalen Ballard - IN, Indiana School for the Blind & Visually Impaired
  • Mitchell Bridwell - IN, Indiana School for the Blind & Visually Impaired
  • Kelly Cusack - NY, East Meadows School District
  • Nikhil Dadlani - No. CA, California School for the Blind & Visually Impaired
  • Marisa D'Amore - FL, FIMC-VI Lions Eye Institute
  • Christine Lacsina - So. CA, Braille Institute, Orange County 
  • Annette Lamas - FL, Edgewood Administration Center
  • Griffin Miller - MI
  • Julia Miller - IN, Indiana School for the Blind & Visually Impaired
  • Ahbee Orton - AL, Tennessee School for the blind
  • Mason Tilley - KY, American Printing House for the Blind
  • Marie Villaneda - IN, Indiana School for the Blind & Visually Impaired.
  • Richelle Zampella - OK, Oklahoma School for the Blind

JR. VARSITY

  • Keisha Anderson - BC, Canada
  • Chloe Ashford - LA, Louisiana School for the Blind
  • Cricket Bidleman - So. CA, Braille Institute, Orange County 
  • Harley Fetterman - TX, Texas Education Service Center, Region 13
  • Luther Fuller - KS, Kansas State School for the Blind
  • Kaitlyn Hall - IL, Missouri School for the Blind
  • Ricardo Herrera - So. CA, Braille Institute, Orange County 
  • Merlyn Hileman - TX, Texas Education Service Center, Region 13
  • Natalia Ratcliffe - So. CA, Braille Institute, Orange County 
  • Lauren Thomson - IA, Iowa Braille School and the Iowa Library for the Blind
  • Alyssa Townsend - WI, Wisconsin Center for the Blind
  • Michelle Yongue - FL, FIMC-VI Lions Eye Institute

VARSITY

  • Janie Brunson - No. CA, California School for the Blind
  • Aidee Campa - So. CA, Braille Institute, Orange County 
  • Annabelle Costanzo - IA, Iowa Braille School and the Iowa Library for the Blind
  • Juna Gjata - MA, The Carroll Center for the Blind
  • Alyssa Henson - MO, Missouri School for the Blind
  • Rhianna Martin - BC, Canada
  • Marisa Parker - MA, The Carroll Center for the Blind
  • Michael Rouillard - CT, The Carroll Center for the Blind
  • Alexa Schwichow - IL
  • Harrison Tu - So. CA, Braille Institute, Orange County 
  • Andrew Zhang - NY, East Meadow School District
  • Tiffany Zhao - So. CA, Braille Institute, Orange County 
  • Edgar Lozano - TX, Texas Education Service Region 13 
Since my children are attending a blind school I am going to work really hard to get Lena reading braille so that she can compete in the next braille challenge. My prayers go out to Luther and Audrey who are from our school. Praying that you guys do well this year in competition!!

If you would like to read more about the braille challege please feel free to click HERE.

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