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Grand National Champions and Teachers Honored by Zaner-Bloser in 21st Annual National Handwriting Contest

COLUMBUS, Ohio (April 25, 2012)-Zaner-Bloser is proud to announce that eight students from across the country earned top honors by displaying excellent handwriting skills to become the “Grand National Champion” winners in its 21st Annual National Handwriting Contest. Judges selected one student from each grade level, ranging from first to eighth grade, who exhibited the finest handwriting from across the country.

This year, more than 325,000 students participated in the annual contest. Zaner-Bloser estimates that nearly 3 million students have participated in the contest during its 21-year history. Public and private schools held their own handwriting contests and entered the winning student for each grade level. The contest entries, both cursive and manuscript, were judged according to the Zaner-Bloser Keys to Legibility: Size, Shape, Spacing, and Slant. Judges selected state winners in Grades 1–8 for both public and private schools. State winners then 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.

The Grand National Champions and their dedicated teachers include:

  • Grade 1: William Frautschy, Dover, Ohio, East Elementary School; taught by Barb Lengler
  • Grade 2: Ashton Hoppe, Fond Du Lac, WI, Redeemer Lutheran School; taught by Mary Nell
  • Grade 3: Amber Mastbergen, Grand Rapids, MI, Hope Protestant Reformed Christian School; taught by Mary Brummel
  • Grade 4: Sophie Halverson, Waukon, IA, East Elementary School; taught by Thea Thies
  • Grade 5: Alyssa Peyton, Ashton, WV, Ashton Elementary School; taught by Jessica Porter
  • Grade 6: Megan Lucas, Topeka, KS, Jay Shideler Elementary School; taught by Kathy Galvin
  • Grade 7: Trinh Tran, Charlotte, NC, Southwest Middle School; taught by Anjie Carpenter
  • Grade 8: Trey Hunter, Union, MO, Immaculate Conception School; taught by Jane Fox

“Each of these eight students represents the best in their grade level throughout the entire country. Zaner-Bloser is very proud of the commitment and dedication demonstrated by these students and teachers who recognize the rewards and advantages that handwriting can offer both academically and personally,” said Zaner-Bloser President Bob Page.

The Grand National Champions each earned $1,000 and a large trophy; the teacher of each Grand National Champion has been awarded with a trip to the International Reading Association (IRA) Annual Convention in Chicago (beginning on April 29 with a special dinner on May 1). In addition, each champion’s school will receive $1,000 worth of Zaner-Bloser educational materials. Every year, contest winners receive cash and other prizes totaling over $100,000.


Tia Piacquadio, Zaner-Bloser,, 614-487-2630
Celina Fabrizio, Paul Werth Associates,, 614-224-8114

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