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Two local students compete in 2019 Braille Challenge National Finals

TUCSON – Two local students are headed off to nationals for the 2019 Braille Challenge Competition in Los Angeles.

Local regional winners 15-year-old Joey Parra and 13-year-old Ciara Peterson are advancing in the Braille Challenge, the only national reading and writing contest in braille developed by the Braille Institute.

The competition includes various tests including reading comprehension, spelling, speed and accuracy, proofreading, and charts and graphs.

However, Parra and Peterson said that this is more than just a competition.

“It gives you tons of new experiences that you wouldn’t have had without it,” said Parra.

“It brings us together,” said Peterson. “I ended up with a lot of friends from going to the finals and being able to talk to people and I still talk to them today.”

The 2019 Braille Challenge National Finals are June 21 and 22 at University of Southern California.

Priscilla Casper

Priscilla Casper

Priscilla Casper is an anchor and multi-skilled journalist for News 4 Tucson. She anchors weekdays at noon and 4 p.m.
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