Blind students compete in Braille reading challenge

Kristyn Hagan, a 17-year-old junior at Fort Zumwalt West High School, placed first overall in the varsity division at the competition.

Hagan has been blind since birth because of a condition called septo-optic dysplasia. Like other students, she began learning braille in preschool.

Hagan is reading Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina” for fun. The classic tome is eight volumes when translated into braille, each one as thick as a telephone book.

Hagan said she may work as a medical transcriptionist or a translator after graduation, but also enjoys writing poetry.

“It makes you feel like you’ve achieved something,” Hagan said.

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