Nine students from Indiana were named the 2005 State Handwriting Champions in the national handwriting contest sponsored by Zaner-Bloser Educational Publishers.
The two Fort Wayne students were both from St. Joseph & Elizabeth Catholic School on Brooklyn Avenue. They were Nancy McNamara, fourth grade and Morgan Eckert, fifth grade.
State champions will go on to compete against other state winners for the title of National Champion selected for each grade level one to eight. A Grand National Champion will be selected from all National Champions.
State champions, their teachers and school principals received beautifully engraved wood pens, a special award certificate and a $50 gift certificate for Zaner-Bloser learning materials.
“Teachers tell us the contest motivates students to do their best work,” said Priscilla Mullins, spokesperson for Zaner-Bloser. “The extra effort really pays off for the students, because handwriting is a vital skill they will use throughout their lifetime.”