Claremore fourth-grader to compete for Oklahoma School for the Blind in national Braille Challenge®

Claremore fourth-grader Hunter Kelley will represent the state in the national Braille Challenge® competition in Los Angeles this summer.

Kelley joins two other finalists, Katelynn Zampella and Richelle Zampella, who are sisters from Muskogee.

All three are students at Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee.

The Braille finalists’ selection was based on their scores in the Oklahoma Regional Braille Challenge® held at OSB in March. Braille students in grades one through 12 participated at the regional level.

Braille Challenge® is a national program sponsored by the Braille Institute, a nonprofit organization that eliminates barriers caused by blindness and severe sight loss. The Braille Institute is celebrating its 100th Year of free service this year.

Hunter Kelley from Claremore will be going to the national Braille Challenge® for the second time. He previously earned 2nd place in the apprentice category at the national level.

Kelley won a gold medal and the highest overall score in the apprentice and freshman categories in the 2019 regional contest in Oklahoma.

The Braille Challenge® measures students’ proficiency in braille reading and comprehension, speed and accuracy, spelling, proofreading and tactile graphics.

Oklahoma School for the Blind is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

OSB is the statewide resource for the education of blind and visually impaired students. Residential and commuter students meet all state-mandated education requirements and receive specialized instruction in Braille, orientation and mobility, optimum use of low vision, adaptive equipment technology and tactile graphic skills that are not available at many public schools in the state. OSB provides free evaluations, consultations and outreach services for students attending local public schools, their families and local school educators.

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