Lawrence 10-year-old Luther Fuller is among the best in the nation.
The Quail Run School student took home second place in his age group at last weekend’s National Braille Challenge in Los Angeles.
“He was very happy with second place. He felt like he had done well,” his mother, Brendy Latare, said Monday.
Luther, who is legally blind after contracting an eye disease at a young age, competed in three hourlong tests Saturday morning in spelling, comprehension and proofreading.
“They took their time, and it was kind of grueling,” Latare said.
Luther competed in the Braille Institute program against 11 other finalists who were in third- or fourth-grade last year.
The students use a machine called a Perkins Brailler, which resembles a typewriter.
Ashlee Thao, a Linwood Elementary School fifth-grader, also competed in that age group.
Luther will be a fifth-grader at Quail Run in August. He traveled to California with his parents, Latare and Bob Fuller, and his sister, Elsa Latare.
After the morning competitions, the finalists attended a banquet and awards ceremony Saturday evening. The top 60 finalists from first grade up to 12th grade qualified from among nearly 800 students in the United States and Canada at regional competitions.
For his second-place finish, Luther earned a $1,000 savings bond.
His mother said Luther is taking his success in stride and that a possible return trip could be in order next summer.
“I imagine he will try again,” Latare said.