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Varsity Braille Challenge Winner to Speak at Arcadia AAUW Meeting

Patricia Dietrich

Temple City H. S. student Tiffany Zhao, 17, is the 2013 winner of the North American Braille Challenge!  Last June, she competed against more than 1,000 of the brightest blind and visually impaired students in 39 states and three Canadian provinces and won first place.  Tiffany has been competing in this event since she was 7 years old and has won the North American competition three times.  She still believes in the usefulness of Braille although, according to the National Federation of the Blind, only 10 percent of the1.3 million legally blind people in the U. S. now read Braille.
The Arcadia Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is delighted to have this bright, personable young woman as guest speaker at its Monday evening, October 14 meeting.   The meeting will take place at the Church of the Good Shepherd’s Jordan Hall, 400 W. Duarte Rd. (SW corner of Duarte Rd. and Holly Ave.), Arcadia.  The public is invited to this free meeting.  All are invited to come at 6:30 pm for refreshments and networking, with Tiffany Zhao’s presentation to follow at 7:00 pm.
Zhao’s audience will learn about the Braille Challenge, as well as about her high school studies and future plans.  Jin Zhao, her father, has expressed pride in his daughter’s achievements and says he has had to fight for a better future for her.  He moved his family out of China so that Tiffany could begin her education at an earlier age than 7 or 8.  Also present at the meeting will be Braille Institute representative Thomas Olzak, Youth and Career Services Manager.
To learn more about the program or about membership in the American Association of University Women (AAUW), please call Tamara Kato at (626) 375-6756 or Patricia Dietrich at (626) 446-8437.
Temple City H. S. student Tiffany Zhao, Varsity Braille Challenge Winner, will be our
speaker on 10-14-13.  Please publish this press release in an upcoming edition of your
newspaper.  I am trying to get a photo of Tiffany to submit to you, but the article by itself is fine, too.

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