Two area students take part in Braille contest

June 14, 2015 | By Alexis Huicochea | Arizona Daily Star

Two Tucson students will be competing in the 15th annual Braille Challenge this week.

Ciara Peterson will compete in the freshman division for third- and fourth-graders, while Joey Parra will be in the sophomore division for fifth- and sixth-graders.

“I started at age 2, so I have six years of experience,” she said.

Peterson and Parra, who attend the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind, competed in the contest last year, with Peterson taking first in the apprentice division and Parra earning second in the freshman category.

Sixty students, ages 6 to 19, will take part in the daylong, national contest on Saturday in Los Angeles.

Students will be challenged in five areas: reading comprehension, spelling, chart and graph reading, proofreading and speed and accuracy.