Matt Cardoza, GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 651-7358, email@example.com
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July 17, 2015 – A Georgia student is one of the top national
winners of the Braille Challenge, the Braille Institute announced recently.
Christopher Abel, a rising seventh grader at Palmer Middle School
(Cobb County Schools), won first place in the sophomore category at the
National Braille Challenge, held in Los Angeles June 20 and 21.
“I commend Christopher on this extremely significant
accomplishment,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “We are all so
proud to call him one of our own, and could not ask for a better representative
of Georgia at the national level.”
The Braille Challenge is a two-stage contest designed to motivate
blind students to emphasize their study of braille, while rewarding their
success with fun-filled, but challenging, local and national events. Contest
categories include reading comprehension, braille speed and accuracy,
proofreading, spelling and reading tactile charts and graphs.
Any visually impaired student who reads braille is eligible to
participate in the preliminary contest events, which were held this year from
January through March. Christopher Abel was one of the top-scoring 60
contestants invited to Los Angeles in June for a final round.
more about the Braille Challenge at brailleinstitute.org/braille-challenge-homepage.