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Academy of Notre Dame boasts 4 state handwriting champs

Academy of Notre Dame boasts 4 state handwriting champs
Academy of Notre Dame boasts 4 state handwriting champs
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TYNGSBORO — Four students from the Academy of Notre Dame earned the distinction of having the best manuscript/cursive handwriting among students in their respective grade level in public/private schools across Massachusetts.

The four students in grades ranging from K-8 were selected as grade state-level champions in the 2021 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest, now in its 30th year.

The four students selected are: Corinne Reed (Wellesley, kindergarten); Natania Fernandez (Dracut, sixth grade); Lilly Keefe (Derry, N.H., seventh grade); Meghan Day (Pepperell, eighth grade).

Zaner-Bloser presented each student with a medallion and their teachers with a writing journal and tote bag.

“I am so proud of these young women,” Principal James Flynn said. “Good penmanship reflects an individual’s character at this age. It speaks to the students’ time and dedication to carefully follow directions, be precise and master a skill.”

As a preliminary to the national contest, participating schools hold their own handwriting contests, choosing a winner from each grade to advance to the state-level competition. At the state level, Zaner-Bloser chooses the two best entries in each grade — one from a public school and one from a private school. The state winners advance to the national competition, where they compete with students in their respective grades from across the country.

Zaner-Bloser introduced its National Handwriting Contest in 1991 to celebrate the importance of handwriting in both manuscript, or print, and cursive and to recognize students for their outstanding handwriting abilities. Contest entries are judged on Zaner-Bloser’s “Keys to Legibility,” which are the size, shape, spacing and slant of letters.

Students in K-2 submit their entries in manuscript, while students in grades 3-8 submit their entries in cursive.