San Benito student wins first in Braille challenge

SAN BENITO — A San Benito student is celebrating after a win this past weekend.

Freshman Paul Saavedra competed in the Texas Region 1 Braille Challenge hosted by Edinburg CISD’s program for visual impairments.

Saavedra took home first place in the Rookie and Apprentice division.

The literacy competition was created by the Braille institute to motivate visually impaired students to study Braille.

According to his case manager, Celia Anzaldua, Saavedra competed using uncontracted Braille and is currently learning to read contracted Braille, a form of Braille that is shorter and quicker to read.

Anzaldua said Saavedra was nervous before competing and was unable to eat.

This was the second time Saavedra competed. Last year he came in third place in the same division.