Waverly Student Honored for Perfect Penmanship

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Fourth-grader Miley Leu from Waverly Park Elementary School was recently recognized as a Grade 4 State Level winner in the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest. Leu was honored last year as well as a Grade 3 State Level winner. She will continue on in the contest in the hopes of becoming a Grand National Champion. 

Leu is among approximately 280,000 students who participated in the contest which encourages legible handwriting by evaluating the size, shape, spacing and slant of students’ handwriting. Research shows evidence that the practice of cursive handwriting strengthens a students’ overall cognitive skills, including literacy and fine motor skills.

As a state grade-level winner, Leu was awarded with an engraved medallion, while her teacher Courtney Jacobs received an engraved glass diamond paperweight. In addition, Waverly Park was granted a $200 gift certificate that the school will once again use toward the purchase of next year’s handwriting books for the third-grade. 

“I’m so proud of Miley, she deserves this,” said Jacobs. “She has the most beautiful handwriting so this is a wonderful and special gift for her.”