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Georgia Student Wins 1st Place at National Braille Challenge

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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.

Learn more about the Braille Challenge at  ​