Leawood girl earns Braille Challenge Superstar Title

LEAWOOD, Kan. - A Leawood girl has earned a National Champion title.

First grader Brooke Petro not only earned the title among her age group, but she also beat out all other competitors in first through twelfth grades.

"I thought 'Oh my gosh! This is amazing!'" Petro said, smiling. 

The feat is extraordinary considering Petro is legally blind.

She came back from Los Angeles in June with the Braille Challenge Superstar Award for Excellence in reading comprehension.

At just first grade, Petro is reading the Little House on the Prairie book series.

She said if you have an obstacle in your life, don't let it get in your way. Try with all your might.

"You could just try your hardest to do.. set your mind on something and you can try your hardest to be able to do that," Petro said. 

Petro also won Kansas' Braille Challenge.

She attends Nativity Parish and the Kansas School for the Blind in Kansas City, Kan. She also happens to be the daughter of 810 Sports Radio's Soren Petro.

The Kansas School for the Blind sent more children to the National Braille Challenge this year than any other organization.

If you'd like to donate to the school's Braille Challenge, send donations to the 501 (c) (3) charity:

KC Blind All-Stars

1100 State Ave.

Kansas City, KS 66102

Write Braille Challenge on the check.

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