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Zaner-Bloser Awards Grand National Champions in Annual Handwriting Contest.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Today Zaner-Bloser, the Language Arts and Reading Company(SM), has announced the Grand National Champions in the nineteenth annual Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest. One student each in grades 1-8 has been recognized as having the nation's best handwriting skills.

The winning students were selected from nearly 300,000 entries received from across the country. The Grand National Champions will each receive $1,000 in cash, and their teacher will receive a trip for two to Washington, D.C., home of our nation's most important handwritten documents. In addition, each student's school will receive a $1,000 Zaner-Bloser gift certificate.

The Grand National Champions are:

* Grade one: Noah Scott Spencer - Richlands Elementary School, Richlands, Va.

* Grade two: Jancarlo Perez - Hibbard Elementary School, Chicago, Ill.

* Grade three: Jordan Caroline Ihasz - Maple Street School, Manchester Center, Vt.

* Grade four: Luke Mundt - Calvary Baptist Christian School, Watertown, Wis.

* Grade five: Cassie Kriebel - St. Joseph Grade School, Lucinda, Pa.

* Grade six: Max-Anthony Nunez - St. Pius V School, Melville, N.Y.

* Grade seven: Neely Nicole Parsons - New London Middle School, New London, Oh.

* Grade eight: Alexandria Kathryn Skaw - St. Paul School, Bloomer, Wis.

The Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest encourages legible handwriting by assessing the handwriting abilities of students in grades 1-8 whose schools use Zaner-Bloser Handwriting curricula. All entries were judged according to the Zaner-Bloser Keys to Legibility: size, shape, slant, and spacing.

"Handwriting is a core academic skill and a core life skill that improves academic performance and boosts self-esteem," said Zaner-Bloser President Bob Page. "We're very pleased to see so many students and their schools dedicate themselves to developing the efficient handwriting skills that will benefit them for a lifetime. In particular, I wish to congratulate these eight winners for their dedication to developing such remarkable handwriting skills."

For more information about the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest, please visit

About Zaner-Bloser

Zaner-Bloser Educational Publishers is the nation's leading publisher of handwriting programs for students in Grades K-8. Zaner-Bloser instructional materials have assisted in the learning process of students in handwriting, spelling, reading, and language arts for more than 120 years. For more information, visit
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