Only 50 students from around the country are selected to compete in the annual national Braille Challenge finals and this year, two IESBVI students were selected for the July (virtual) event! Sophomore Nathan Deeds of Williamsburg was a finalist in the Junior Varsity category and second grader Khanh Tran of Fairfield was a finalist in the Apprentice Category. Nathan won the national finals in the category of graphs and charts.
“Khanh worked hard on braille contractions and how to read multiple choice questions before the test,” said Christina Freeman, Khanh’s IESBVI TVI. “He is a wonderful braille reader and enjoys math very much.”
“Nathan is extremely self-motivated and strives to do his best in everything he does,” said IESBVI TVI and OMS Lori Banos. “Nathan has always had above average skills and his ability to interpret tactile graphics is one of his many strengths.”
Thanks to the Braille Institute, the Iowa Department for the Blind and IESBVI staff who provide support so our students can shine.