Venice Braille competitor going to national championship
Lighthouse of Manasota congratulates Kate Antolak of Venice, who has qualified as a finalist−again!−in the annual National Braille Challenge, and will head to Los Angeles in June for the championship.
This is Kate’s seventh time competing as a finalist, placing second in 2015 and third last year. Kate is a junior at Venice High School, and participates in Lighthouse’s Teen Transition program. She competes in the Varsity age bracket. Each of five age levels has 10 finalists, top scorers of tests held at 46 locations across the U.S. and Canada.
Contestants face academic challenges in reading comprehension, Braille speed and accuracy, proofreading and reading tactile charts and graphs, during a two day competition. The Braille Institute holds the annual challenge to motivate blind students in their study of the tactile embossed code, which puts literature at their fingertips.
(“Braille Challenge” in Braille)