Poland Student Wins Handwriting Contest

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In this digital age of typing and texting, the handwritten word may seem to have gone by the wayside, but a Poland Elementary student proved that cursive handwriting is still a style worth continuing.

Jackie Grisdale, a fourth grader at Dobbins Elementary School, was recently named the Grand National winner of Zaner-Bloser’s cursive handwriting contest.

“Not many people do it anymore. It’s special to be doing it. It’s original,” said Grisdale.

Grisdale’s entry in the contest included the required sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” because it contains every letter of the alphabet. As Grisdale wrote the sentence for this story, she shared her tips.

“Sometimes I twist the pencil so I can get to the sharp point,” said Grisdale.

Her entry took the state and national title before being awarded the top national prize, competing against 285,000 participants.

“I was called down to the office and that’s when I found out,” said Grisdale.

Principal Cheryl Borovitcky and teacher Elaine Morlan believe strongly in the importance of teaching cursive handwriting, even though it’s no longer required by the state.

“We’ve been trying each year to again enhance their writing by encouraging this competition,” said Borovitcky. “Our teachers do a fine job, and I praise them for their efforts.”

Grisdale is the third Dobbins Elementary student to be named state winner. Morlan said this latest accomplishment just adds to Grisdale’s achievements.

“She’s excellent in all her subject areas. She’s a gifted artist. She also is very good in sports,” said Morlan. “A lot of it comes because she tries to do her best.”

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