North Bergen, N.J. Third Grader Wins National Penmanship Contest


JERSEY GET A NATIONAL AWARD FOR PERFECT PENMANSHIP. THE 3rd GRADER HAD THE RIGHT STUFF. Reporter: HE HAS NEVER HELD A PENCIL HE DIDN’T LIKE. AFTER ALL, HE IS. THE GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPION. Reporter: IT IS A NEW TITLE FOR THE 9-YEAR-OLD. HE RECENTLY BEAT OUT A QUARTER MILLION KIDS TO WIN THE HANDWRITING COMPETITION WHICH MAKES HIM THE THIRD GRADER WITH THE BEST HANDWRITING IN THE COUNTRY. I WAS PROUD OF MYSELF. MY PARENTS WERE PROUD. HE IS A GREAT STUDENT. HE IS VERY CONSCIOUS OF HOW HE WRITES. Reporter: HE ATTENDS THE CATHOLIC SCHOOL OUR LADY OF GRACE IN FAIR VIEW. LET’S TAKE OUT OUR HANDWRITING WORKBOOKS. Reporter: HIS TEACHER, LORI, SAYS SHE HAS HER STUDENTS PRACTICE AT LEAST TWICE A WEEK FOR 25 MINUTES AT A TIME. IT HAS BEEN A PART OF THE CURRICULUM SINCE THE 1960s. A KID DOES HAVE TO KNOW WHEN THEY BECOME AN ADULT HOW TO WRITE THEIR SIGNATURE BUT WRITTEN COMMUNICATION IS STILL IMPORTANT. Reporter: SHE HAD ALL HER STUDENTS FILL OUT AN ENTRY FORM FOR THE CONTEST AND EXPLAINING WHAT THEY LIKE BEST ABOUT HANDWRITING. BUT IT WAS THE SUBMISSION THAT WON. HIS HANDWRITING I SOMETIMES FEEL THAT HE WRITES NEATER THAN I DO. Reporter: WE PUT THAT TO THE TEST. NAME AT THE TOP. Reporter: THE MENTOR AND THE MENTEE GOING HEAD TO HEAD IN A CONTEST. A 20-YEAR DIFFERENCE. WHO THINKS THAT HE DID A BETTER JOB? [LAUGHTER] Reporter: THE 9-YEAR-OLD WON AGAIN. HE IS A CURSIVE KING THAT CAN’T BE BEAT. NOW, HIS $500 FOR WINNING, HIS SCHOOL GETS $1,000. I THINK THEY NEED TO HAVE A PARTY FOR HIM. I THINK SO. THAT IS A GOOD DEAL. A LOST ART. I LIKE HIS INTENSITY IN GETTING IT RIGHT. DO YOU REMEMBER THOSE LESSONS. IT WAS A MESS. THE PAPERS WITH THE LITTLE DASHES. I KNOW. WOW. I DON’T EVEN KNOW IF THEY MAKE THAT ANYMORE. THEY DO. MY LITTLE GUY DOES IT. HE IS INTO IT. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THIS GOES DOWN? WHAT DO YOU DO, RIGHT? ISN’T IT CRAZY? MY LITTLE ONES AS WELL HAVE THEIR IPADS AND IPHONES.

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