Three Kentucky students competed in the Braille Institute’s National Braille Challenge Competition and were recognized during a July 31 virtual awards celebration.

The national competitors were:

  • Carmynn Blakely, Daviess County Schools
  • Jenna Claywell, Adair County Schools
  • Braden Robinson, home schooled student from Shelby County
Picture of Jenna Claywell with the words 2020 Braille Challenge Finalist, Jenna Claywell, Sophomore, Columbia, KY

Jenna Claywell

Competing against all sophomore, junior varsity and varsity finalists, Claywell won third place in the sophomore category and won the overall best score in Reading Comprehension. During the Kentucky regional competition, Claywell became the first Kentucky student to ever score a 100 in reading comprehension.

Robinson placed second in the sophomore category and Blakely did not place in the finals.

Picture of Braeden Robinson with the words 2020 Braille Challenge Finalist, Braeden Robinson, Sophomore, Simpsonville, KY

Braeden Robinson

These three students were among 50 finalists selected from throughout the United States and Canada. Finalists were determined through regional competitions. Kentucky’s regional competition took place at the Kentucky School for the Blind, where 39 students in grades K-12 who read and/or write Braille participated in this unique competition, which included Braille speed and accuracy, reading speed and comprehension, spelling, proofreading and interpreting tactile graphics/charts and graphs reading.

The Braille Challenge is the only academic competition of its kind in North America for students who are blind or visually impaired. Braille Institute developed The Braille Challenge to motivate students to practice and hone their braille literacy skills, which are essential to academic and employment success.