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TaiYauri Thomas
TaiYauri Thomas

Oklahoma City residents Elbin Carrillo, Quante Sellers, TaiYauri Thomas and Julio Valdez competed and earned top awards in the Braille Challenge regional competition held at Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee.

Carrillo, an eighth-grader, earned a silver medal in the junior varsity category.

Fourth-grader Sellers won a bronze medal in the freshman category.

Thomas, who is a senior, earned a silver medal in the varsity category.

And, eighth-grader Valdez earned a bronze medal in the junior varsity category.

All four students attend Oklahoma School for the Blind.

The national Braille Challenge program is sponsored by the Braille Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on eliminating barriers caused by blindness and severe sight loss.

Braille Challenge competitors test their skills in the academic contest, which measures students’ proficiency in braille reading and comprehension, speed and accuracy, spelling, proofreading and tactile graphics.

Each contestant received a commemorative T-shirt and Braille certificate of appreciation. Families and educators will also receive general performance feedback in May.

To be considered for this column, please email achievement announcements and photos to LLynn@Oklahoman.com.

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