OSB's Richelle Zampella Wins Braille Challenge

The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Oklahoma School for the Blind are proud to announce that 9th grader, Richelle Zampella, won first place in the Junior Varsity level at the National Braille Challenge.

In order for Zampella to compete in the national competition at the Braille Institute in Los, Angeles, CA, she had to scored in the top 12 of all the JV, grades 7-9, who competed at regional events. To win first place and the $1,500 prize, she had the highest scores on the four tests:

  • Proofreading: Identify mistakes in braille, punctuation, grammar, spelling, capitalization, etc.,
  • reading comprehension,
  • charts and graphs: answer questions that require interpretation of information from tactile charts/graphs,
  • speed and accuracy: transcribe from a recorded passage to braille - must be fast and accurate in braille and English conventions to get most points.

It’s not just a Richelle thing either, her younger sister Katelynn was one of the finalists competing at the freshman level at the national competition.

Congratulations, we are proud of both of you.