Seligman native takes first at Braille Challenge

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Elmer ‘Lee’ Smith, right, a student at Missouri School for the Blind recently took first place in the Apprentice Division of the Missouri Regional Braille Challenge. Contributed photo

Seligman native Elmer 'Lee' Smith, a Missouri School for the Blind (MSB) 12th-grade student, took first place in Apprentice Division, Group II, at the Missouri Regional Braille Challenge, on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at MSB.

For his outstanding performance, Smith was awarded a $30 Best Buy gift card from Lighthouse for the Blind Industries and $5 cash from the Braille Revival League. He is one of seven MSB students to place in their respective divisions at this year's braille challenge at MSB. There were, altogether, 27 contestants from all over the area in attendance. MSB would like to thank the students, families, volunteers and donors who make the Missouri Regional Braille Challenge a success year after year.

Smith is the son of Jeff and Crystal Smith, of Seligman.

The Braille Challenge is an academic competition unlike any other. This two-stage contest is designed to motivate blind students to emphasize their study of braille, while rewarding their success with fun-filled, but challenging, local and national events. Any visually-impaired student who reads braille is eligible to participate in the preliminary challenge contest events, which are held January through March throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Top winners from regional Braille challenge contests will be invited to Los Angeles, Calif., to compete in the National Braille Challenge on June 16 and 17. For more information, people may visit,

Missouri School for the Blind offers educational and outreach services for legally blind Missouri children from birth through age 21 and their families. MSB is operated by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of the State of Missouri, and its services are free of charge.

MSB’s services are concentrated in two areas – its centerbase kindergarten through grades 12 school in St. Louis, and its outreach services, which are offered throughout the state.