Belmont student wins award in national handwriting contest

Published: Apr. 10, 2018 at 5:36 PM EDT
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A Pleasants County student won an award for something we all do every day: write.

Elizabeth Gray is West Virginia's first-grade winner in the Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Contest.

The national competition recognizes outstanding penmanship from kindergarten to eighth grade..

Judges use the Zaner-Bloser "keys of legibility": size, shape, spacing and slant to score submissions.

Students in kindergarten through second grade compete in the manuscript category, while third through eighth compete in cursive.

The contest sees submissions from both public and private schools.

"I just had to do my best," Elizabeth said.

"Elizabeth is very good at her penmanship," said Paula Oliverio, Elizabeth's teacher. "She knows that. She practices that. But all students can excel at whatever they choose."

"She's a great student," Belmont Elementary Principal Eric Croasmun said, "and I'm so glad to have her representing Belmont Elementary and Pleasants' County and now she'll represent West Virginia in the national competition."

Elizabeth's winning submission will be pitted against all the other first grade state winners in Washington D.C. later this month.