Karen Wright & Zoi DelucioCanaan, In. — Two Canaan Community Academy have been recognized in the 28th Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest. Students in kindergarten through second grade compete in the manuscript (print) category, while students in grades three through eight compete in the cursive category. All students write the required sentence, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,” because it contains every letter of the alphabet. Judges select winners based on the shape, size, spacing and slant of their letters.First-grade teacher, Karen Wright was recognized, receiving an etched glass diamond. Her student, Zoi Delucio is the state level manuscript winner. She was presented with a medal commending her manuscript handwriting. Fourth-grade teacher, Angie Hutchinson, was recognized too. She also received an etched glass diamond award. Her student Kaylee Seebauer, is the state level cursive writing winner. She received a medal commending her cursive writing.Angie HutchinsonKaylee SeebauerThis is the fifth consecutive year that Canaan Cougars have been recognized as state-level winners.“Students who have legible handwriting gain lifelong advantages in their daily school work, on standardized tests, and throughout their high school, college and career experiences,” said Zaner-Bloser President Lisa Carmona. “Since we started this contest 28 years ago, the number of participants from schools across America has increased. That great response shows that teachers and their students recognize the advantages handwriting has on their overall academic success.”State level winners in each grade move on to the national competition, where they vie for the chance to be named the Grand National Champion.