Future Reflections        Summer 2012

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The 2012 Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest Winners

These winners of Braille Readers Are Leaders attended the 2012 convention (right to left): Alayna Hall, Kortnee Barton, Maria Monteiro-Oliveira, Shawn Abraham, and Emerie Mitchell-Butler.Each year, from November 1 to January 4 (Louis Braille's birthday), blind students across the country take part in the annual Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest sponsored by the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC) and the National Association to Promote the Use of Braille (NAPUB). Students compete for prizes in five categories based on grade. In addition, Twin Vision® prizes are awarded to dual-media readers, and the Jennifer Baker Awards are given to readers who have overcome unusual obstacles to achieve Braille mastery. Community Service Awards go to students who have used Braille in order to perform a community service. While most contestants enter as individuals, student and adult teams also are eligible to participate.

The 2011-2012 contest marks the twenty-ninth year of the Braille Readers Are Readers Contest. Here is a complete list of this year's winners.

K-12 CONTEST

GRADES K-1

1st Place    Maia Armstrong, IL--1,976 pages
2nd Place   Holly Connor, WA--1,543 pages
3rd Place    Emerie Mitchell-Butler, VA--1,179 pages

GRADES 2-3

1st Place    Maria Monteiro-Oliveira, GA--8,839 pages
2nd Place   Andrea Cordero-Perez, AZ--5,617 pages
3rd Place    Matthew Leinart, IL--3,174 pages

GRADES 4-5

1st Place    Maegan Weiler, WA--21,646 pages
2nd Place   Rosanna Scott, AR--13,255 pages
3rd Place    Alayna Hall, IN--10,332 pages

GRADES 6-8

1st Place    Kortnee Barton, UT--12,035 pages
2nd Place   Shawn Abraham, MD--8,884 pages
3rd Place    Samantha Simonton, GA--7,078 pages

GRADES 9-12

1st Place    Lanie Molinar, TX--18,328 pages
2nd Place   Roosevelt Thermitus, FL--12,365 pages
3rd Place    Michael Davidson, OH--12,071 pages

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

Elizabeth Kazmierski, 10th grade, MI

JENNIFER BAKER AWARD

Page Segura, 11th grade, AZ
Andrea Cordero-Perez, 2nd grade, AZ

TWIN VISION (r) AWARD

Emerie Mitchell-Butler, Kindergarten, VA
Beck Schutte, 2nd grade, MA
Matthew Leinart, 3rd grade, IL
Thomas Bannon III, 4th grade, VA
Shah Mohammad, 3rd grade, TX

TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARD

TEAM SMED
Michael Smedley, 6th grade, PA
Mitchell Smedley, 3rd grade, PA
Team's Total Pages Read:  1,450

ADULT CONTEST

BEGINNER

1st Place    Treva Olivero, LA--2,012 pages
2nd Place   Julie Newman, IN--1,432 pages
3rd Place    Brian Mackey, NJ--1,240 pages

INTERMEDIATE

1st Place    Ericka Mosley, VA--12,829 pages
2nd Place   Kierra Davis, VA--9,813 pages
3rd Place    Judy Sanders, MN--4,512 pages

ADVANCED

1st Place    Mike Sivill, OR--5,459 pages
2nd Place   Tony Schnurr, IN--3,529 pages
3rd Place    Danielle Shives, MD--3,212 pages

EXPERT

1st Place    Brandi Bryant, CA, 11,330 pages
2nd Place   Patrick Gormley, MD, 8,163 pages
3rd Place    Tami Jones, IN, 7,889 pages

SIGHTED

1st Place    Veronica Bargehr, IL--3,027 pages
2nd Place   Christy Grimstad, AZ--2,658 pages
3rd Place    Ephraim Poonen, AZ--1,254 pages

TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARD

LITTLE DOTS ON THE PRAIRIE
Jean Rauschenbach, Beginner, MN
Judy Sanders, Intermediate, MN
Hannah Furney, Beginner, MN
Pat Barrett, Beginner, MN
Trudy Barrett, Beginner, MN
Team's Total Pages Read:  7,520

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