COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning this week, 16 students in the United States will learn that hard work and attention to detail paid off. Zaner-Bloser is proud to announce the National and Grand National Champions of the2013 National Handwriting Contest. Bydemonstrating exemplary handwriting skills, 16 students from across the nation emerged as National Winners. Of those winners, eight students earned the contest's highest honor to represent the best in their grade level across the country as the Grand National Champion.
Public and private schools first held their own handwriting contests and entered each winning student, grades 1–8, into the national contest. With an estimated 285,000 entries total, students then advanced to become State Winners in their grade. These State Winners then competed against each other to become the public school and private school National Grade-Level Winners. The 16 National Grade-Level Winners then competed to be awarded top honors as one of eight Grand National Grade-Level Champions. Judges based all contest entries according to the Zaner-Bloser Keys to Legibility: Size, Shape, Spacing, and Slant.
Zaner-Bloser estimates that approximately four million students have participated in the contest during its 22-year history.
Grand National Grade-Level Champions are underlined below.
"Every year our company is honored to recognize the schools and teachers who continue to motivate and teach such a foundational and beneficial skill as well as the students who put their hard work and dedication into handwriting," said Zaner-Bloser President Bob Page. "The contest also affords us the opportunity to highlight a critical literacy skill that continues to be vital moving forward in 21st century education."
Zaner-Bloser awards cash prizes and educational materials with a total combined value of over $100,000 to winning students, teachers, and schools. Each Grand National Grade-Level Champion earned a trophy, a check for $1,000, and educational materials for their school valued at $1,000. In addition, Zaner-Bloser awarded the teacher of each Grand National Grade-Level Champion with a trip to the International Reading Association (IRA) Annual Convention in San Antonio (beginning on April 19).