BALTIMORE (WJZ) — On Saturday, two students from Perry Hall, a student from Bowie and a student from Woodbridge beat competitors from across Maryland to win the 13th annual Maryland Regional Braille Challenge.
Perry Hall’s Sujan Dhakal, Woodbridge’s Naomi Jean Mills, Perry Hall’s Eniola Osunkoya and Bowie’s Henry Tucker won awards for their performance at the event, hosted by the Maryland School for the Blind and the Maryland State Department of Education , according to Dotty Raynor, spokesperson for the Maryland School for the Blind.
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And Elizabeth Ricobonno of Baltimore was named the “most improved participant,” Raynor said in a statement.
The Braille Challenge – the only academic competition for blind students in the United States and Canada – was held virtually in 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its winners were recently announced, she said.
During the event, participants aged four to 19 competed in five categories that required them to read and type Braille, Raynor said.
Each category was designed to test their braille skills in several areas: reading comprehension, braille spelling, reading charts and graphs, proofreading, and braille speed and accuracy. she stated.
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The participants were grouped into six levels, according to age.
Students underwent preliminary tests across the country from January to March in hopes of qualifying for one of the top 50 spots available in the national competition and the chance to compete against other blind students from across the United States. and Canada in June, according to Raynor. .
National qualifiers will be announced at a later date, she said.
Additional awards went to Jeremiah Mude of Nanticoke and Mindy Demaris of Wicomico County.
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Nanticoke received the 4th Annual Sidney Iubelt Memorial Spirit Award. While Demaris was nominated for the Braille Institute’s 2022 Teacher of the Year Award in Braille Education, Raynor said.