By Sheldon Spackman
Grade 4 student Caden Johnson from École Mountview School in Red Deer will soon be off to Los Angeles, California to compete in the 2017 North American Braille Challenge. It takes place at USC on June 17th and features 50 finalists from both Canada and the United States. Johnson is one of only two Canadians who will be competing at the event, with the other being Maggie Wehrle from B.C.. Both will compete in the “Freshman” category.
Johnson is a humble and inspiring young man who earned his way there by placing first in the Alberta Regional Braille Challenge, which was held in Calgary on March 3rd.
This was a competition sponsored by the Alberta Society for the Visually Impaired and tested participants in the areas of reading comprehension, braille speed and accuracy, proofreading, spelling and reading tactile charts and graphs. Officials with the Red Deer Public School District say Caden competed against approximately two dozen other people, all between the ages of six and eighteen. Last year, he placed third in the same competition.
Johnson, his family and staff from École Mountview School were recently acknowledged for these achievements by the Board of Trustees at their May 10th Board meeting. He says he and his family are really excited for the event. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE about the NORTH AMERICAN BRAILLE CHALLENGE.