Rising to the challenge

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By Mike Marsee
michael.marsee@education.ky.gov

The Kentucky Regional Braille Challenge gave blind and visually-impaired students a chance to test their Braille skills and compete for prizes. Those students were celebrated throughout the daylong event Feb. 18 at the Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB) and the American Printing House for the Blind.

About 40 students from KSB and other schools around the state took part in the annual competition. There also were opening and closing ceremonies, as well as post-competition activities, such as a workshop in which younger students could try out a number of percussion instruments.

Dawson Barr, left, plays a snare drum while Hayden Ashley tests a cymbal during a program at the American Printing House for the Blind held in conjunction with the Kentucky Regional Braille Challenge. Younger students participating in the competition tried their hand at a variety of percussion instruments during a program held while their work was being judged. Photo by Mike Marsee, Feb. 18, 2016
Dawson Barr, left, plays a snare drum while Hayden Ashley tests a cymbal during a program at the American Printing House for the Blind, held in conjunction with the Kentucky Regional Braille Challenge. Younger students participating in the competition tried their hand at a variety of percussion instruments during a program held while their work was being judged.
Photo by Mike Marsee, Feb. 18, 2016
Ethan Dixon raises his hand as he is introduced during the opening ceremony for the Kentucky Regional Braille Challenge. Photo by Mike Marsee, Feb. 18, 2016
Ethan Dixon raises his hand as he is introduced during the opening ceremony for the Kentucky Regional Braille Challenge.
Photo by Mike Marsee, Feb. 18, 2016
Karleigh Bruner uses a Braille typewriter to record an answer while a volunteer looks on during a reading comprehension test. Photo by Mike Marsee, Feb. 18, 2016
Karleigh Bruner uses a Braille typewriter to record an answer while a volunteer looks on during a reading comprehension test.
Photo by Mike Marsee, Feb. 18, 2016
Eric Eccheverria, left, and Carmynn Blakely play the drums during the percussion workshop. Photo by Mike Marsee, Feb. 18, 2016
Eric Eccheverria, left, and Carmynn Blakely play the drums during the percussion workshop.
Photo by Mike Marsee, Feb. 18, 2016
Danielle Hardiman reads Braille during a reading comprehension test. Photo by Mike Marsee, Feb. 18, 2016
Danielle Hardiman reads Braille during a reading comprehension test.
Photo by Mike Marsee, Feb. 18, 2016
Jenna Claywell keeps time with Queen’s “We Will Rock You” on the drums during the percussion workshop. Photo by Mike Marsee, Feb. 18, 2016
Jenna Claywell keeps time with Queen’s “We Will Rock You” on the drums during the percussion workshop.
Photo by Mike Marsee, Feb. 18, 2016
A volunteer assists Nicole Leanette, left, and Jasmine Johnson at the conclusion of a speed and accuracy test. Photo by Mike Marsee, Feb. 18, 2016
A volunteer assists Nicole Leanette, left, and Jasmine Johnson at the conclusion of a speed and accuracy test.
Photo by Mike Marsee, Feb. 18, 2016

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