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National Handwriting Contest

2014 National Handwriting Contest

The 2015 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest is now closed. Be sure to check back with us later this spring when we announce the Nicholas Maxim Award winners, State-Level winners, National Grade-Level Semifinalists, and the Grand National Champions!

About the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest

Now in its 24th year, the National Handwriting Contest is an annual event sponsored by Zaner-Bloser to promote legible handwriting. The contest is free to enter and open to all students in Grades K–8. The contest includes a Special Needs category, the Nicholas Maxim Award. Students can win many great prizes, including cash and trophies. Zaner-Bloser estimates that more than 4 million students have participated in the contest over its 23-year history.

2014 National Handwriting Contest Winners

Grand National Champions

  • Grade K: Mehrangiz Ahtomova, PS 192 The Magnet School for Math and Science Inquiry, Brooklyn, NY
  • Grade 1: Alina Cotlet, East Elementary School, Dover, OH
  • Grade 2: Zachary John Sutter, Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Atlanta, GA
  • Grade 3: Anna Grace Likes, Kirk Day School, St. Louis, MO
  • Grade 4: Mollie Grace Strong, Homestead Elementary School, Crossville, TN
  • Grade 5: Michelle Petrangeli, Our Lady of Grace School, Greensboro, NC
  • Grade 6: Alex Goebel, Rolling Hills Elementary School, Mukwonago, WI
  • Grade 7: Grace Beehler, Corpus Christi School, South Bend, IN
  • Grade 8: Rachel Litwack, Holy Family Catholic School, Orlando, FL

National Grade-Level Semifinalists

  • Grade K: Benjamin Vu, St. Edward the Confessor School, Metairie, LA
  • Grade 1: Jimmy Adolphson, Holy Infant School, Ballwin, MO
  • Grade 2: Lilian Searlait Bligh, Ralph Wheelock School, Medfield, MA
  • Grade 3: Mary Sulo, Elmwood Elementary School, Elmwood Park, IL
  • Grade 4: Antonio Harris, St. Brendan School, North Olmsted, OH
  • Grade 5: Emily Anna Cooper, Valley View Elementary School, Ashwaubenon, WI
  • Grade 6: Natasha Badguijar, Cherry Hill Elementary School, River Edge, NJ
  • Grade 7: Karen Mimbrera, Aurora Charter School, Minneapolis, MN
  • Grade 8: Student name withheld, Northwest Rankin Middle School, Brandon, MS

State Grade-Level Winners

Judges selected state winners in Grades K–8 for both public and private schools. View list of winning schools.

Nicholas Maxim Award

  • National Manuscript Champion: Grade 5: Maryam Al-Saidi, Cunningham Elementary School, Houston, TX
  • National Cursive Champion: Grade 3: Daniel Shi, The SEEALL Academy, Brooklyn, NY.

Additional Past Contest Winners


National Handwriting Contest in the News

Take a look at what's in the news about the National Handwriting Contest.

2014 News

Ashwaubenon Student Honored for Handwriting
A Wisconsin fifth-grader receives her award for becoming a National Semifinalist.

Brooklyn Boy Wins $1,000 for His Handwriting Skills
This year's Nicholas Maxim Cursive Winner earns accolades for his handwriting ability.

Antonio Harris is Ohio's Handwriting Champ
A fourth-grade student at St. Brendan School in North Olmsted, Ohio, becomes a National Grade-Level Semifinalist.

Local Kid Can do WHAT Better Than Any Other 6th Grader?!
Alex Goebel, a sixth-grade student at Wisconsin's Rolling Hills Elementary School, demonstrates the skill that earned him a Grand National Champion title.

5th Grader Overcomes Nerve Disease to Win Writing Award
A fifth-grade student from Texas' Cunningham Elementary School becomes the 2014 Nicholas Maxim Award Winner for manuscript handwriting.

Students Become State Handwriting Champs
Students at Virginia's St. Leo the Great School, Sacred Heart Academy, and St. Rita School celebrate their State Winner titles.

Valley Prep Kindergarten Student Named a State Handwriting Champion
Nolan Vann from Valley Preparatory School in Redlands, CA, becomes a State Winner in this year's first-ever kindergarten category.

Corpus Christi Student has the Write Stuff
Indiana's Corpus Christi School honors a Grand National Winner and three State Winners in this year's contest.

4 Win State Handwriting Titles
Students at St. Anne Catholic School in Sumter, SC, earn State Winner titles.

Two Jay Shideler Students Deserve a Hand for Writing Skills
A Kansas fifth-grader and kindergartner become State Winners in the 2014 National Handwriting Contest.

IC Student has the ‘Write’ Stuff
A Michigan first-grader becomes a State Grade-Level Winner.

St. Leo Second-Grader Takes First Place in National Handwriting Contest
A New Jersey second-grader earns a prize as a State Grade-Level Winner.

Pair of East Elementary Students Named State Handwriting Champions
East Elementary students in fourth-grade and fifth-grade become Iowa's Grade-Level Winners.

Assumption School Student is Write On
A fourth-grade Connecticut student is named State Grade-Level Winner.

Dotting Her 'i's and Crossing Her 't's
A Minnesota kindergarten student becomes a State Grade-Level Winner.

ALES Student Tops in Cursive
A Kentucky fourth-grader becomes a State Grade-Level Winner.

Monsignor McHugh Student Gets State Medal in Handwriting Contest
A Pennsylvania kindergarten student takes home a State Grade-Level Winner award.

Two Kreft Students Place First in Iowa for Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Contest
Kreft Primary School students in first-grade and kindergarten become State Grade-Level Winners.

2013 News

Poland Student Wins Handwriting Contest
WKBN First News interviews the fourth grade Grand National Champion at Ohio's Dobbins Elementary School.

Students Honored for Handwriting
Two students from West Virginia's Jefferson Academy are awarded for excellence in handwriting.

Savannah Girls' Cursive Handwriting Wins National Penmanship Recognition
Tennessee's Northside Elementary students are recognized for their penmanship skills.

Washington Sixth-Grader Honored for Her Handwriting
A Crosspoint Academy student becomes a National Grade-Level Winner.

Local Students Recognized for Handwriting
Students at Missouri's Kirk Day School and Holy Infant School are honored for their handwriting abilities.

Following the Script: Two Redeemer Lutheran Students Win National Handwriting Contest
Two Wisconsin students receive State Winner prizes in the 2013 contest.

St. Louis Teen Wins Cursive Writing Contest
A seventh-grader at Holy Infant School becomes a Grand National Champion.

Student Wins Grand National Award for Cursive Writing
At Tennessee's Northside Elementary School, a fifth grade student's handwriting talent earns top honors.

Poland Dobbins Elementary Student Garners National Honor
An Ohio fourth-grader becomes a Grand National Champion.

Carteret Fifth-Grader Gets Handwriting Award
A special needs student from North Carolina's St. Egbert Catholic School wins the Nicholas Maxim Award.

Handwriting Champ Shows How It's Done
A second grade Grand National Champion is featured on CBS 5 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Fairbury Sixth-Grader Wins Handwriting Award
A student in Grade 6 at Nebraska's Jefferson Intermediate School earns a State Winner prize.

Cordova Student Advances in Handwriting Competition
A third-grader at Tennessee's St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School is named a State Winner in the 2013 contest.

Four St. Joseph Catholic School Students Win State Handwriting Awards
Several students from South Carolina's St. Joseph Catholic School become State Winners.

Assumption Student Shows She Has the Write Stuff
A Connecticut eighth-grader wins a State Winner award.

Ross Students Win State Awards for Handwriting
Three students from Pennsylvania's Ross Elementary School become State Winners in the 2013 contest.

Local Student Wins State Grade-Level National Handwriting Contest
At Idaho's Hibbard Elementary School, a fourth grade student becomes a State Winner.

Local Girl Wins Handwriting Competition
A third grade student at Texas' Sampson Elementary School receives a State Winner prize.

Local Second-Grader's Cursive Writing Wins Best in State
This Gaston Gazette article features a contest winner from North Carolina's Cramerton Christian Academy.

Second-Grader Morgan Turner Wins National Handwriting Contest
A Grade-Level Winner from Wheelock School in Massachusetts moves on to compete for national title.

Local School Says Cursive Handwriting is Important and Has the Awards to Prove It
Idaho's Hibbard Elementary School students show off their cursive skills in the National Handwriting Contest.

View 2012 News ›

Media Resources

Learn More

Download the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest Fact Sheet

2014 Press Releases

Elementary and Middle School Students From Across the Country Earn Top Honors in 2014 National Handwriting Contest
Zaner-Bloser is proud to announce the National Grade-Level Semifinalists and Grand National Grade-Level Champions.

Special Needs Students Inspire by Earning Top Honors in National Handwriting Contest
Zaner-Bloser announces the Nicholas Maxim Award Winners in the 2014 National Handwriting Contest.

Zaner-Bloser Adds a Kindergarten Category to Kick off the 23rd Annual National Handwriting Contest
For the first time since its inception, kindergarteners are invited to compete in the contest's manuscript portion.

2013 Press Releases

Two Special Needs Students Earn Top Honors in 2013 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest
Two special needs students win the Nicholas Maxim Award in the 2013 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest.

Zaner-Bloser Announces 2013 Handwriting Contest Winners
Dedication to handwriting excellence pays off for National Winners and Grand National Champions in the 2013 National Handwriting Contest.

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