On November 1 the 2011 Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest officially began, though students and adults can decide to enter the competition at any time during the two months of the contest. During the spring a number of affiliates across the country will take part in or host presentation ceremonies and parties to honor contest participants. In 2008 the Maryland affiliate conducted such a party in the Harbor Room at the National Center for the Blind. Pictured here, Rogina Melvin receives her Braille Readers Are Leaders packet and certificate from Jill Lewis. Sharon Maneki congratulates her while Barbara Cheadle looks on smiling. This party was for student contest participants from the Maryland School for the Blind.