NEBRASKA CITY — Nebraska Center for the Education of Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired in Nebraska City will be the host of the 2016 Nebraska Regional Braille Challenge on Feb. 10.

Up to 30 participants are expected to compete in the academic competition designed to motivate blind and visually impaired students to emphasize their study of braille.

The center's outreach director, Tanya Hilligoss, says the braille challenge is a national competition of the Braille Institute of America.

"The bulk of the day is spent with students in three or four different contests, depending on their age, and really having a chance to show off their braille skills in a pretty fun, yet structured environment," she said.

First place wins $100, second place takes home $75 and $50 goes to the third-place winner.

The top 60 in the U.S. compete in the national contest. Nebraska has been represented for seven straight years.

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