St. Agnes students show off penmanship - Catholic Courier

St. Agnes students show off penmanship

St. Agnes School, in Avon, Livingston County, participated in the 2015 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest.
The school encourages excellence in all educational endeavors. Good penmanship is part of the course of study at the school.  Children begin to practice cursive handwriting at the end of the Second Grade and further mastery is taught in the Third Grade. Beginning at the Fourth Grade, students are expected to compete all written work in cursive. The Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest gives the students a chance to reflect upon their penmanship and its importance to their educational experiences.
The contest, open to all students in Grades K-8 in the United States attracted over 3000,000 participants last year, marking its 23rd year. Students in Grades K-2 submit manuscript (print) entries; students in Grades 3-8 submit cursive entries. Contest entries, both manuscript and cursive, are judged according to the Zaner-Bloser Keys to Legibility: Shape, Size, Spacing and Slant.
Winners of the contest are selected from both public and private school categories.  State Grade-Level Winners compete against each other to become one of the 18 National Grade-Level Semifinalists. The 18 National Grade Level Semifinalists compete to be chosen as one of nine Grand National Grade Level Champions. In addition to these awards, Zaner-Bloser created the Nicholas Maxim Award to honor special needs students who excel in manuscript and cursive. This category is open to students with a cognitive, intellectual, physical or developmental disability. Zaner-Bloser awards cash prizes and educational materials to winner students, teachers and schools that participate in the annual contest.
The following students’ handwriting entry forms were submitted to Zaner-Bloser to be considered for the next level of competition:
Grade 1–Oliver Aguirre
Grade 2–Makenna Benson
Grade 3–Emmaline Dowd
Grade 4–Peytyn Geer
Grade 5–Jillian Gertin
Grade 6–Mackenzie Yaddaw
Nicholas Maxim Special Needs Award winner–Elliot Carman


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