Hayes Elementary student national semifinalist in handwriting contest

Emma Sullivan

Emma Sullivan, a third-grader at Hayes Elementary School, was chosen as a national grade-level semifinalist in the 2017 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest. 

She was honored at a school assembly May 19 for her excellence in cursive handwriting.

Nine students in kindergarten through eighth grade earned the distinction of grand national grade-level champion, meaning they had the best handwriting among all entries. Nine other students emerged as semifinalists. Students who compete come from public and private schools across the country that use the Zaner-Bloser handwriting or reading curriculum.

The Zaner-Bloser National Hand­writing Contest, now in its 26th year, recognizes students from kindergarten through eighth grade for handwriting excellence. Students in kindergarten through second grade submit manuscript — or print — entries, while students in third through eighth grades submit cursive entries. All students are required to write the sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” because it contains every letter of the alphabet. Judges select winners based on the Zaner-Bloser keys to legibility: shape, size, spacing and slant.

Participating schools hold their own handwriting competitions and select grade-level winners. Grade-level winners advance to state competitions, where judges select a public and private grade-level winner for each state. From there, judges select 18 public and private national grade-level semifinalists. The nine grand national grade-level champions are chosen from the group of semifinalists.

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