Local Blind Student, Christine Lacsina, to Represent Long Beach in National Academic Competition

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Represent Long Beach in National Academic Competition

Christine Lacsina-Photo by Braille Institute of America

Fifth grader Christine Lacsina is like many busy kids her age. She can be found playing the piano or singing her heart out in the choir. On Saturday, June 23, however, Christine from Long Beach will participate in The Braille Challenge, a national academic competition for blind and visually impaired students.

Christine, who is visually impaired, hasn’t let her disability prevent her from succeeding. The 11-year-old has been chosen from among more than 900 of the top blind and visually impaired students to travel to Los Angeles to test her braille skills at the 12th Annual National Braille Challenge.

The National Braille Challenge, sponsored by Braille Institute of America, is the only national academic competition for blind students in the nation. It is specifically designed to challenge and motivate students, while encouraging them to continue their study of braille. A talented student, Christine understands that braille literacy played an important role to his success.

“I didn’t even think that I would be a finalist for a fourth time!” giggled Christine. “I’m most excited about taking the tests and meeting friends at the Braille Challenge.”

In this year’s Braille Challenge, 60 blind and visually impaired students, ages 6 to 19, will compete in categories that will require them to transcribe, type and read braille using a device called a Perkins Brailler. Each category is designed to test their braille skills in several areas – reading comprehension, braille spelling, chart and graph reading, proofreading and braille speed and accuracy. Every participant will receive a trophy for their efforts, but the first- through third-place winners in each age group will also receive a savings bond in value from $500 for the youngest group to $5,000 for the oldest.

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