Sunday, May 26 2013 11:05 AM EDT2013-05-26 15:05:51 GMT
It was a deadly Saturday on South Mississippi roads. Two people died in separate overnight accidents. In George County, a 24-year-old Lucedale man died after the car he was in ran off the road, and slammedMore >>
It was a deadly Saturday on South Mississippi roads. Two people died in separate overnight accidents. One accident was on Highway 613 in George County. The other accident was on Interstate 59 in Lamar County.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 8:58 PM EDT2013-05-26 00:58:49 GMT
Nearly 85 protestors in Jackson are making sure you know how the vegetables on the dinner table were produced in the field. The march against Monsanto was held Saturday afternoon in downtown Jackson. OrganizersMore >>
Nearly 85 protestors in Jackson are making sure you know how the vegetables on the dinner table were produced in the field.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:26 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:26:15 GMT
Several Jackson County neighbors are extra cautious of their surroundings these days after some unusual sightings in their neighborhoods. A big black bear has been spotted this week roaming around theMore >>
Several Jackson County neighbors are extra cautious of their surroundings these days after some unusual sightings in their neighborhoods. A big black bear has been spotted this week roaming around the St. Martin community. Those close encounters have some neighbors a bit nervous.More >>
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
Dozens of visually impaired students spent Wednesday fighting for the top spot in the "Braille Challenge". It's the only academic competition of blind students in the nation.
The Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired hosts the regional competition each year. This year, nearly 40 visually impaired students from across the state spent the day doing various timed Braille activities, both reading and typing. It was all in attempts to win the title "Best Overall Brailler".
"I can read about 70, I think, 70 words per minute...somewhere around there. I'm trying to get up to like 80 or 90...eventually faster and faster and faster," said Gianni Toce, a Braille Challenge competitor.
LSVI director Bobby Simpson says being the region's most accurate and fastest Brailler comes with much more than just bragging rights.
"The best overall Brailler, and they can be both reading comprehension and speed, will go to Los Angeles, California," said Simpson. "They get a great weekend with their family, go to Disney World and do a lot out there in the National Braille Challenge."
Some of students who compete say the chance to win a big trip and prizes is exciting, but creating lasting friendships is much more valuable.
"I like to see people from around the state because I can see how much we have in common, and I like to meet new faces," said Cyquotta Moore, a competitor.
"The blind community of kids are great kids, and they really enjoy being with their peers," said Simpson. "We have probably four events throughout the year that they come here for and get to see each other, so they get to be quite good friends."
Aside from the possibility of winning a national competition and gaining new friends from around the state, Simpson says the Braille Challenge is a great way for students to prepare for college.
Simpson says Chloe Ashford won today's competition. She wins a visual aid device and a trip to Hollywood for the National Braille Challenge.
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