Future Reflections                                                                                                      Fall 2001

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Join the Club!

Braille Readers Are Leaders Club for 2000 – 2001

          The Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest is not just about winning prizes. What it’s really about is encouraging kids to work hard to achieve the goal of becoming the best Braille readers they can. Although all students have a chance to win in our Most Improved Category, this still isn’t quite enough to motivate many of them to keep trying to do better year after year. We know that, once children reach a certain level of fluency and speed, reading itself becomes the reward (which is the ultimate goal of the contest), but achieving that level can be a long and slow process for many kids. They need lots of reinforcement along the way.

As a way to inspire students to keep striving to do a little better each year, the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children and the National Association to Promote the Use of Braille established the Braille Readers Are Leaders Club. This “club” is simply a way to recognize and reward the contestants who achieve certain reading milestones. The first time a contestant reaches one of these reading milestones, he or she receives a Braille and print gold embossed ribbon, and his/her name is published prominently in Future Reflections, the NFB Magazine for Parents of Blind Children. The reading milestones are 500 pages (500 Club yellow ribbon); 1,000 pages (1,000 Club green ribbon); 4,000 pages (4,000 Club orange ribbon); 8,000 pages (8,000 Club red rosette ribbon); and 12,000 pages (12,000 Club blue rosette ribbon with three streamers).

We are delighted to announce that in the first contest year (2000-2001) of our new “Club” program, we had:

 

63 yellow ribbon “500 Club” recipients,

101 green ribbon “1,000 Club” recipients,

25 orange ribbon “4,000 Club” recipients,

4 red ribbon “8,000 Club” recipients, and

3 blue ribbon “12,000 Club” recipients.

Here, now, is the list of the 2000 – 2001 Club members. Congratulations to all, and welcome to the Braille Readers Are Leaders Club!

Barbara Cheadle, President

National Organization of Parents of Blind Children

Nadine Jacobson, President

National Association to Promote the Use of Braille

“12,000 Club” -  Blue Ribbon

Burns, Casey, WI

Hubbard, Angela, VA

Rutherford, Carissa, TN

“8,000 Club” -  Red Ribbon

Christner, Shelley, MN

Kavanaugh, Tyler, KS

Miller, John, IN

Passino, Allison, OR

“4,000 Club” -  Orange Ribbon

Armaly, Ameer, SC

Blaschke, Max, SD

Brown, Reina, MD

Drake, Cathy, WA

Fernandes, Stephanie, OH

Grandstaff, Corey, OH

Jensen, Brawny Clint, UT

Kosten, Kerri, WV

Maynard, Ryan, VA

Mushlock, Aaron, MI

Oudinot, Desiree, PA

Peters, Tim, CANADA

Pracon, Bernadetta, CT

Reiser, Michael, OK

Rodenbeck, Adam, IN

Shives, Danielle, MD

Snyder, Jessica, OH

Strickler, Jaymee Lynn, PA

Toney, Michelle, TX

Upschulte, Lindsay, IL

Varro, Tiffany, KY

Wassell, Michael, MD

Watson, Jessica, MD

Wing-Proctor, Jennifer, MI

“1,000 Club” -  Green Ribbon

Amos, Crystal, MD

Banks, Dejuan, MO

Barr, Jessica, MA

Bauer, Jimmy, MO

Bernard, Ashley, MA

Bloodworth, Ethan, GA

Bloss, Brandi, MO

Bowen, Shannon, TN

Brown, Brianna, WV

Budreau, Morgan, MN

Bueno, Esmeralda, CA

Burch, Quinn M., NY

Cady, Desi, MT

Canada, Jacinda, IL

Canen, Ashley, WA

Castor, Jordyn Marie, MI

Cocanougher, Abigail, KY

Collins, Teisha, MD

Delic, Sead, MA

Despeaux, Courtney, MD

Drohan, Jennifer, CA

Farrow, Frankie Minh, CT

Feinberg, Rachel, OR

Follow, Alexander, FL

Fordyce, Jessica, PA

Forsberg, Sheena, CANADA

Franco, Jetzabel, OR

Garcia, Terese K., NM

Garcia, Francine, NM

Garrett, Terry, CO

Ghebreyohannes, Aron, CN

Guinn, Diana, SC

Hardin, Paige, GA

Hawthorne, Ron, KS

Hearn, Josiah David,TN

Helms, Jared I., TN

Holman, Nathanial, OH

Hummel, Courtney, IL

Hyams, Jennifer, KY

Jones, Chris, MO

Kalinoski, Pamela M., MA

Kelly, Timothy E., PA

King, Amelia, WI

Kitchens, John, KS

Kotsay, Jasmine, CA

Krauth, Alexandra, ME

Lageman, Amy, SC

Lamperis, Joseph N., IL

Larson, Troy, MN

Latessa, Angela, OH

Leahy, Sioban, NJ

Liberty, Erin, MA

Little, Patricia, CN

Lucas, Lakesia, GA

Mansfield, Christopher, NY

McCauley, Rachel, MA

McFarland, Holden, MO

Meyer, Sarah, IN

Meyers, Christina Lynn, PA

Modesitt, Sylvia, MO

Mulkern, Morgayne, MA

Mullins, R. Drew, IN

Nantz, Andrew, OR

Nastoff, Allison, WI

Nowicki, Michael, IL

Ochoa, Adriana, CA

Parks, Alex, ME

Parsons, Christine, MO

Patton, Jon, IN

Pearson, Joshua, MA

Perez, Lee Ann, AZ

Petrice, Cathy Marie, WV

Popillion, Brandon, LA

Raines, Shaleah, IN

Reilly, Chelsea, WI

Rieken, Kayde Dawn, NE

Robinson, Ryne, IN

Royal, Shaketa, GA

Ryan, Cortnie, IN

Schauf, Jacob Joseph, KS

Schwab, Hannah, TX

Sconion, Andre, MD

Sisson, Josh, MO

Spina, Jeremy, PA

Stephenson, Teresa, NM

Stevens, Mikaela, WA

Stevens, Helen Mae, PA

Stogsdill, Amanda, MO

Stovall, Brittany, MO

Sweeney, Kyra, CA

Taylor, Desiree, LA

Tengelsen, Erin, CO

Tucker, Mirranda, GA

Utter, Alison, CO

Valdez, Dion, NM

Wai, Andrew C., PA

Weatherd, Hannah, MT

Weigman, Matthew, MA

Weisenbach, Samantha, IN

Zaldivar, Moises, NJ

Zwick, Tanya, AZ

“500 Club” -  Yellow Ribbon

Almer, Tommy, WA

Anderson, Darrion, MD

Bair, Cody, NY

Barcomb, Jennifer, NY

Black, Thomas, KS

Bogden, Marlena, MD

Brunk, Chris, NE

Bustos, Alex, AZ

Chapman, Travis, KS

Chippewa, Patrick, MT

Claasen, Sam, IA

Cocchiarella, Nicholas, MN

Codigan, Mark, MA

Coleman, Michelle, LA

Collett, Robert, WI

Conlon, Michael, NY

Cumbo, Chance, FL

Davis, Allee, GA

Dean, James, TN

Flatt, Nicolas, KY

Gabry, Jon, NJ

Gilland, Alex, IN

Gorfio, Cindy, AZ

Graves, Gloria E., IA

Gutic, Adnan, MO

Hall, Crystal Faith, GA

Halsband, Benjamin, MA

Hamilton, Jennifer, MD

Henson, Kristen, MO

Herman, Jordan, KS

Hill, Husani, KS

Jackson, Kevin, KS

Johnson, James D., VA

Jones, Chris, MO

Jostad, Brooke Tuttle, CO

Kasbow, Austin, WA

Leong, Adrian, CN

Love, Andy, OH

Martin, Rosemary, PA

Matthiesen, Mitchell, WI

McKinney, Tyler, OH

Meyer, Tabea, IN

Mitchell, Kelly, MA

Natividad, David, TX

Nelson, Takala, SC

Nicolay, Kelsey, CA

Palmer, Jennifer, MO

Parsons, Christine, MO

Potts, Mackensie, WA

Ramirez, Andrea, KS

Ramirez, Olivia, KS

Robinson, Rylie, IN

Schmies, Jesse, MN

Shepherd, Sam, OH

Shields, Jennifer, FL

Stevens, Brett, KS

Story, John, Jr., NY

Suchan, Jennifer, MD

Tenski, Deavon, NM

Travis, Adam, MO

Walker, Chelsea, MO

Walker, Lerone, LA

Whitten, Eric, LA

Wiles, Sarah, MA

Wilkerson, Tabatha, KY

Williams, Laridda, KS

Witbart, Philip, KS

Wright, Chelsea, GA

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