BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Two Perry Hall students, a Bowie student and a Woodbridge student beat competitors from across Maryland to win the 13th annual Maryland Regional Braille Competition on Saturday.
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 an event organized by the Maryland School of the Blind and the Maryland State Department of Education , according to Dotty Raynor, a spokesperson for the Maryland School of 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 US and Canada – will be held virtually in 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its winners were recently announced, she said.
In the event, participants between the ages of 4 and 19 competed in five categories that required them to read and type braille, Raynor said.
Each category is designed to test their Braille skills in several areas: reading comprehension, spelling Braille, reading charts and graphs, speed and accuracy of proofreading and braille Braille.
Contestants are divided into six levels, according to age.
Students went through a nationwide preliminary test from January to March in hopes of qualifying for one of the top 50 available spots in the national competition and having a chance to compete with fellow students. other blind people from across the United States and Canada in June, according to Raynor.
The national qualifiers will be announced later, she said.
Other awards were presented to Jeremiah Mude of Nanticoke and Mindy Demaris of Wicomico County.
Nanticoke is the recipient of the 4th annual Sidney Iubelt Memorial Spirit Award. While Demaris was nominated for the Braille Academy’s 2022 Distinguished Teacher Award for Teaching in Braille, Raynor said.