The 2014 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest
Zaner-Bloser is proud to announce the 2014 National Handwriting Contest winners!
Schools held their own handwriting contests and entered the winning student for each grade level. The contest entries were judged according to the Zaner-Bloser Keys to Legibility: Shape, Size, Spacing, and Slant.
View the list of Grand National Champions, National Grade-Level Semifinalists, State Grade-Level Winners, and Nicholas Maxim Award Winners.
2014 National Handwriting Contest Winners
Congratulations to the 2014 Zaner-Bloser 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
The Nicholas Maxim National Manuscript Champion is Maryam Al-Saidi, a fifth grade student from Cunningham Elementary School in Houston, TX. The Nicholas Maxim National Cursive Champion is Daniel Shi, a third grade student from The SEEALL Academy in Brooklyn, NY. The Nicholas Maxim Awards honor two special needs students each year for their handwriting mastery. Read more about this year’s winners.
Entry forms for the 2015 National Handwriting Contest will be available in September 2014.
Free Resources for Handwriting Practice
Before your students put pen to paper on their National Handwriting Contest entry form, let them practice the Keys to Legibility and handwriting skills that will make them handwriting all-stars! Here are some helpful free tools and ideas to get you started:
Handwriting Tips Videos
These short, animated videos feature handwriting tips appropriate for your grade level.
Give your students practice where they need it most and create your own worksheets. The free version of the ZB FontsOnline PlusTM application includes editable templates with grade-specific guidelines and Zaner-Bloser’s manuscript and cursive alphabets. Try it now.
Fine and Gross Motor Skill Development Activities
Strengthen the motor skills that lead to improved handwriting with these effective activities developed by leading occupational therapists.Learn More
Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Stroke Descriptions
Take your students step-by-step through proper letter and numeral formation with these easy-to-remember stroke descriptions.
The Four Keys to Legibility—Shape, Size, Spacing, and Slant—are essential to legible handwriting and form the criteria for judging the National Handwriting Contest. Download these kid-friendly guidelines to help your students understand each key.
As students practice for the contest, they can use these helpful guides with grade-appropriate models of Excellent, Good, Average, Fair, and Poor handwriting to self-evaluate and improve their handwriting.