Bragging rights have been awarded to 18 students across the U.S. for having the best handwriting in the country. These winners are among the more than 250,000 students in kindergarten through eighth grade who competed in the 2019 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest, which recognizes students for their handwriting excellence.

Congratulations to Maggie Hartman, 4th grader at Immaculate Conception of Dardenne for claiming bragging rights as the Grade 4 National Champion!

“Handwriting remains a key foundational skill for literacy development, and we are encouraged to see the next generation reaffirming the importance of handwriting – even in the midst of our digital age,” said Lisa Carmona, president of Zaner-Bloser. 

Students in kindergarten through second grade compete in the manuscript (print) category, while students in grades three through eight compete in the cursive category. All students write the required sentence, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,” because it contains every letter of the alphabet. Judges select winners based on shape, size, spacing and slant.

Participating schools held their own handwriting competitions and selected grade-level winners. The grade-level winners advanced to state competitions, where judges selected a public and private gradelevel winner for each state. From there, judges selected 18 national grade-level semifinalists. The top nine were named the grand national grade-level champions.

Each grand national grade-level champion earns a trophy, a $500 check and educational materials for his or her school valued at $500.

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