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Student Wins Grand National Award for Cursive Writing

By Laura Bannon
By lbannon@wbbjtv.com

SAVANNAH, Tenn. - Perfect handwriting seems to be something you have or you do not have. At Northside Elementary School, fifth grade student Caroline White has a talent for perfect handwriting.

"In first and second (grade) all I had to do was print and when I learned cursive in 3rd grade I was that good at it, when I got to 5th grade I got pretty good at it," said White.

" I don't know of anyone in my family that's a great artist it must have been passed down from long ago," said Caroline's mother and teacher at Northside Elementary, Annmarie White.

The Zaner-Bloser is a handwriting contest which is not as simple as it sounds. On the entry form each participant wrote their name, said why handwriting was important to them, and wrote the sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog's back" in their best cursive. Why this sentence? It has every letter of the alphabet.

"I thought I didn't do so good, I thought I did it too quick and I shouldn't have done that," Caroline said.

Nearly 300,00 student competed and were judged on the size, shape, spacing, and slant of their handwriting. Caroline hoped her handwriting will inspire other and help them with any struggles they may have in their life.

"(Some people) They can't read as well as some people can and whenever I do it I hope they can read and that they can understand it." she says.

Along with bragging rights to the best handwriting in Hardin County Caroline White will also be awarded $1,000. She said she plans to save the money for when she is older.