FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Caption Colorado captioners qualify at NCRA’s annual realtime contest
ORLANDO, Fl., Aug. 10, 2002 – Two Caption Colorado captioners placed among the top seven contestants in the National Court Reporters Association’s Realtime Contest at the 2002 annual convention. 35 NCRA members participated in the competition.
Traci Walker (Dacula, Ga.) qualified by tying in fourth place this year, posting an accuracy rating of 96.6 percent. She finished six tenths of a point back from the top three- and a trophy. Walker also participated in the Q&A part of the contest, but failed to qualify.
“I am a captioner now. My court reporting skills are a bit rusty,” conceded Walker. Walker has been with Caption Colorado for over six years. But don’t let her excuses fool you. Walker has an award named in her honor for performance at her alma mater, Alfred University.
“Traci Walker is an excellent stenocaptioner, achieving the highest accuracy in the profession. She’s also a stellar person and is there to help out with anything that is needed,” boasted Patty White, vice president of operations for Caption Colorado.
Dana Reese Smelley (Lufkin, Tex.), the 2002 Texas speed contest winner, also participated in the NCRA realtime contest. She qualified in fifth place, behind five other contestants. Smelley participated in the Q&A test as well, and she qualified seventh at 95.7 percent accuracy. Smelley has worked with Caption Colorado since spring, 2002.
The NCRA’s Realtime Contest consists of five minutes of live dictation material at 200 words per minute. Syllabic density may vary throughout the course of five minutes. Errors are tallied, and certain mistakes can lead to automatic failure to qualify. A contestant must be 95% accurate to qualify. View contest results at http://www.ncraonline.org/live/real.html.
Conor P. Beatty