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Red Deer Student Competes In North American Braille Challenge!

By Sheldon Spackman

A Grade 4 student from Red Deer’s École Mountview School is now back from a trip to Los Angeles, California after competing in the Braille Institute’s 17th Annual Braille Challenge. Caden Johnson, a 9 year old from Red Deer, competed at the event in the “Freshman” category, which took place at the University of Southern California (USC) on Saturday, June 17th. It featured competitors from both the United States and Canada.

Officials describe it as the only national reading and writing contest in braille for students who are blind and visually impaired. An academic competition designed to motivate students and emphasize their study of braille, while rewarding their success with fun-filled, challenging events. This year more than 1,100 braille readers participated in one of 51 preliminary regional events across the US and Canada. Red Deer’s Caden Johnson placed first in the Alberta Regional Braille Challenge in Calgary on March 3rd to earn his way there.

For full results and more information on the Braille Institute’s 17th Annual Braille Challenge, click here.

To watch Caden’s interview with Todayville.com on May 10th in advance of the Braille Challenge, click here!

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