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Keller Girl Makes It to National Braille Finals

Second-grader is one of 60 finalists out of 900

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    Second-grader Presley Jorgensen will compete in the Braille Challenge in California, putting her skills to the test. (Published Tuesday, Jun 5, 2012)

    A Keller second-grader is the only student in her age group from Texas to compete in the finals of a national reading and writing contest in braille.

    Presley Jorgensen, 8, who has been blind since birth, is getting ready to go to Los Angeles to compete in the Braille Institute's Braille Challenge.

    “Oh, it is just too exciting,” she said.

    Nine-hundred people from the United States and Canada competed in the preliminary rounds, including Presley. There are 60 finalists.

    The Heritage Elementary second-grader is one of 11 children in her age group who will compete at the first- and second-grade level. Four contestants are from Texas, but Presley is the one in her age group who is from the Lone Star State.

    Even with all the excitement, Presley said she isn’t nervous.

    “No, no I’m not nervous at all," she said.

    If she wins, she’ll walk away with a $1,000 savings bond.