MUSKOGEE Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Blind sophomore Kaylee Ragon earned first place for her children’s literature presentation at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA’s) state STAR competition.
The event was held at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology in Stillwater.
To qualify and win in FCCLA’s 9-10 grade division, Ragon wrote an original e-book about friendship titled “Izzy’s Friends” for children three to five years.
Her book focuses on a little girl with a visual impairment. Readers learn about the challenges Izzy faces on the first day as she navigates her new school and makes friends.
Ragon used an Apple application called Book Creator to craft, edit and publish her story.
She was required to include front and back covers, 15 content pages, a minimum of 17 pictures or shapes and three sounds.
Ragon presented her story to a panel of judges who gave her a rare perfect score and the top award.
“The hardest thing about the contest was actually developing the concept or the direction I wanted (to) take the story,” Ragon said. “This experience has given me the opportunity bring awareness about visual impairments and gave me a platform to teach others about being visually impaired.”
Kaylee is interested in pursuing an early childhood degree and wants to teach children with visual impairments.
“Kaylee enjoys writing and felt she had a message to convey to others when meeting someone with visual impairment or disability,” Allison Garner, OSB teacher and FCCLA chapter sponsor, said. “We are very proud to have her represent the Oklahoma School for the Blind and our FCCLA chapter.”
FCCLA organizes Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) events are to recognize members and chapters for their proficiency and achievement in projects, leadership skills and preparation for employment.
The Oklahoma School for the Blind is fully accredited and teaches specialized skills that help students live independently, as well as all state-mandated education requirements. Students lived at the school four days per week, commuted from home or attend summer school. The graduation rate from the residential and commuter program was 100 percent. OSB provides thousands of free outreach services each year for students attending local public schools, their families and educators. OSB is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.
For more information about the Oklahoma School for the Blind, phone 877-229-7136 toll free or visit http://osb.k12.ok.us/.