It's here! A healthy, educational competition that rewards everyone, builds students' self-esteem, and generates positive public relations for schools!
The National Handwriting Contest is an annual event that Zaner-Bloser sponsors to promote legible handwriting. The contest is free to enter and open to all students in Grades 1-8. Enter this year's contest and give your students the opportunity to win a variety of prize packages.
With prizes totaling more than $100,000, we are certain that your school will want to take part in this event! See www.zaner-bloser.com/hwcontest for contest information.
At the International Reading Association (IRA) Annual Convention last May, we proudly announced that eight students from across the country earned top honors by displaying excellent handwriting skills to become the Grand National Champion winners in our 20th Anniversary National Handwriting Contest. Judges selected one student from each grade level, ranging from first to eighth grade, to represent the finest penmanship from across the country.
Last year, more than 220,000 students participated in the annual contest, and we estimate that more than 2.5 million students have participated in the contest during its 20-year history. Public and private schools held their own handwriting contests and entered the winning student for each grade level. The contest entries were judged according to our Keys to Legibility: Shape, Size, Spacing, and Slant.
The 2010-2011 Grand National Winners and their dedicated teachers included:
"Each of these eight students represents the best in their grade level throughout the entire country. Zaner-Bloser is very proud of the strong handwriting skills and dedication demonstrated by each student. We hope they inspire other children and schools to challenge themselves to reach their fullest potential in handwriting and in all their academic endeavors," said Zaner-Bloser President Bob Page.
Judges selected state winners in Grades 1-8 for both public and private schools. State winners competed against each other to become one of the 16 public and private National Grade Level Winners. The National Grade Level Winners then competed to be chosen as one of eight Grand National Champions.
Grand National winners each earned $1000 cash and a large trophy. Zaner-Bloser also awarded the teacher who worked with their champion student a trip to the IRA convention (valued at $1,850) where the winners were announced. In addition, each champion school received $1,000 worth of Zaner-Bloser educational materials.
The eight Grand National Champions were officially announced at the IRA Annual Convention on May 10, 2011, in Orlando, FL. View the video of the Grand National Champion awards presentation.
New for the 2010-2011 contest and for years to follow, Zaner-Bloser created a Special Needs Handwriting category for students with a cognitive delay or an intellectual, physical, or developmental disability. Each Special Needs student chosen to represent their school will receive an achievement certificate and will be entered to win the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellent Penmanship, named after the first winner of the contest. Learn more about Nicholas Maxim by reading Maine student born without hands honored for penmanship on CNN.com.
© Zaner-Bloser, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Statement