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10-year-old competes in 2020 Braille Challenge Finals

Posted at 9:43 AM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 10:43:30-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A South Sioux City, Nebraska, girl is defying the odds.

Meet 10-year old Mellany Fernandez. She loves writing stories and is legally blind. She has optic nerve hypoplasia which means her optic nerves aren't fully developed.

Fernandez was just selected as a finalist for the 2020 Braille Challenge Finals.

"My special ed teacher would take me and put in me in a class and practice everyday," Fernandez said. "I read stories, and I have to like find an error, and then I do 40 spelling words."

Fernandez will be competing in the Braille Challenge this Saturday at 12:45 pm.