Venice High student places 2nd in Braille Challenge

June 24, 2015 | Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Kate Antolak, a 15-year-old Venice High School student, earned high honors at the 15th annual Braille Challenge in Los Angeles on Saturday.

At the academic competition for blind and visually impaired students, she placed second in her age group and also won $1,500 for having the highest score among 57 finalists for reading comprehension. More than 1,100 students participated. Kate has participated in regional competitions every year since the third grade and advanced to the national competitions in third, fourth, sixth and eighth grades. The series of tests include speed, accuracy, dictation, transcribing into Braille, and reading charts, graphs and maps.

Kate, who will enter 10th grade, traveled with her father, Johnny, and brother, Talon, 12. She also is the daughter of Heather Antolak.