Columbus, OH — A student in southwest Minnesota has been named Regional Winner of the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest. Caden Baune, a 4th-grade student from Red Rock Central, and 27 other students from across the nation were recognized as Regional Winners of the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest. The winners come from 19 states and represent grades Kindergarten through 6th grade. 

All contestants wrote the sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” because it includes the entire alphabet. Judges selected winners for each level based on Zaner-Bloser’s Four Keys to Legibility: the shape, size, spacing, and slant of the letters.  

To enter the contest, students had to first compete among their classmates. Participating private and public schools selected their own winners who then advanced to regional judging. Grand National Champions will be selected from that pool and announced at the beginning of April alongside Nicholas Maxim Winners, an award that recognizes students with cognitive, intellectual, physical, and/or developmental disabilities. 

Regional Winners represent four regions of the U.S., and each student will receive an engraved medallion in recognition of their achievement. 

The Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest has been celebrating the best in manuscript and cursive penmanship for 33 years. Since 1991, more than 2.5 million students have participated in the contest. Zaner-Bloser develops curriculum resources to teach foundational literacy and math skills to students in prekindergarten through sixth grade.