The Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired hosted the Louisiana Regional Braille Challenge on Thursday, and more than 50 blind and visually impaired students from across the state gathered to test their skill, in the tenth year of the competition.

Categories included reading comprehension, proofreading, writing speed and accuracy, spelling, and reading tactile charts and graphs.

In one contest, for example, students read, transcribed and typed, using a device called a Perkins Brailler, which functions like a braille typewriter.

The overall contest winner, with a chance to advance to the national competition in Los Angeles, was Denham Springs' Chloe Ashford, 17, a senior who graduates this spring. She'll  attend Louisiana Scholars College in Nachitoches, where she's been awarded approximately $80,000 in scholarships over the next four years, after scoring a 30 on her ACT test.

Ashford, who plans to study politics, philosophy and  economics before attending law school, said that she wants people to know that visually impaired students aren't all that hampered on their way to successful studies, but that they simply face a unique set of limitations.

Turner Industries provided lunch at the competition, which is also a way to show students from other parts of the state what Baton Rouge's LSVI campus has to offer, said school director Leslie Bello.