Christopher Abel, a rising fourth-grader at Chalker, placed first in the freshman category. This was the third time Abel participated in the competition but the first time he had ever placed in the top of his division. Firsttime participant Geneva Harris, a rising third grader at Chalker, placed third in the apprentice division.
“It was a blast,” said Geneva Harris’ mother, Patti Harris.
“(Geneva) was so excited, she didn’t think to go on stage. Someone had to come get her because she was so rattled … in a good way.”
They and other blind students across the country were tested in reading, writing and spelling in Braille.
Sponsored by the Braille Institute of America, the challenge is the only national academic competition for blind students in the nation.
A third student from Cobb, rising third-grader Aunya Anderson from Russell Elementary, competed but did not place. She competed in same category as Geneva Harris, with other first and second-graders from around the country.