• Special to the Daily Leader
Zaner-Bloser, the Language Arts and Reading CompanySM, has announced that MacArthur student Maria Hernandez has been named Kansas’ best first grade handwriter.
In addition to being honored as having Kansas’s best handwriting skills, Maria has been named a finalist in the 19th Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Competition, where she will be judged against other state winners from across the country for the honor of being named Grand National Champion.
Maria’s entry was selected from among nearly 300,000 entries received from students nationally. As a state winner, she will receive a $250 prize pack for her school from Zaner-Bloser and will be eligible to win as much as $3,000 in cash and prizes to be shared with her school. More than $100,000 in total prizes will be awarded.
“I am so happy about this award for Maria,” said Robin Oliver, Maria’s first grade teacher. “She earned it. I am also pleased about the positive recognition this brings to the teachers and administrators of USD 480.”
The annual Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest encourages legible handwriting by testing the handwriting abilities of students in grades 1 through 8 whose schools use Zaner-Bloser Handwriting curricula.
“Handwriting is a core academic skill and a core life skill that improves academic performance and boosts self esteem,” Zaner-Bloser President Bob Page said. “We’re very pleased to see so many students and their schools dedicate themselves to developing the efficient handwriting skills that will benefit them for a lifetime.”
To view the list of state and national winners, please visit http://zaner-bloser.com/nationalhandwritingcontest/.