A 12-year-old girl from Livingston Parish will represent Louisiana in the Braille Challenge Finals on Saturday in Los Angeles.
Chloe Ashford won a regional contest at the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired, in the category for students in grades 7-9. She will compete in the “junior varsity” division against 11 other students.
The Braille Institute has divisions ranging from “Apprentice” — for 1st and 2nd-grade students — to Varsity, for students in grades 10-12.
Chloe is the only Louisiana student among a total of 60 competitors.
Older students compete in transcribing a recorded story to Braille, proofreading, reading charts and graphs, and reading for comprehension.
The two youngest age groups compete in spelling.
Ashford’s mother, Andre Dabadie, tells The Times-Picayune she drives 25 miles each way to take Chloe to the Holden School. She says that lets her go to class with sighted children and use a school resource center for visually impaired students.