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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Already Home to Spelling Bee Champ, Could Ohio Also Claim Braille Reading Champ?

Posted By on Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 4:22 PM

This says arm in braille.
  • This says "arm" in braille.

Someone get a producer at ESPN on the phone. If the Spelling Bee merits live coverage, so does the National Braille Challenge.

Ohio, cradle of presidents, heart of it all, and home to this year's Spelling Bee champ, could add another title if 8-year-old Griffin Miller has his way.

Griffin, from Medina County, is one of 12 finalists in the National Braille Challenge and will be flying out to Los Angeles for the final competition.

What does a braille competition involve?

Good question. According to the Braille Institute: "Students test their skills in reading comprehension, braille speed and accuracy, proofreading, spelling and reading tactile charts and graphs."

Dynamite. Go get 'em, Griffin. His mother explained to NewsNet5 how Griffin is training:

Some people like to curl up with a good book. Griffin Miller, an 8-year-old Medina County boy, enjoys reading so much he finished in the top 12 Braille readers in the country.

He will be heading to Los Angeles later this month to compete in the National Braille Challenge.

His mother, Rachel, said Griffin can see lights and darks and can also see shapes.

Griffin said one advantage to reading Braille, he can read in the dark, like after he goes to bed. His parents often find a book by the side of his bed in the morning.

A better man than Griffin might surreptitiously hand his competitors some extra-coarse macrogrit sand paper right before things kick off, but we can tell just by reading about Griffin that he's an honorable gentleman and doesn't need underhanded techniques to kick ass.


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