But Jasmine Washington, a seventh-grader at Aliquippa Middle School, a town with less than 10,000 residents in the shadow of Pittsburgh, PA, embraces the lyrical writing style and her talent for flowing penmanship won her first place in Zaner-Bloser’s National Handwriting Contest.
“It felt great to win,” said Jasmine
The contest was open to students in first to eighth grade. They were instructed to recreate a written template from the company’s website, and submit it. The template involved a sentence that utilized every letter in the alphabet.
Of the close to 300,000 entries, Washington was chosen as the top entrant.
“Her cursive writing is perfect. She has amazing talent and ability for beautiful penmanship,” said Tracey Heinlein, Washington’s language arts teacher.
Cursive writing has been a passion of Jasmine’s since second grade, when her older sister helped teach her how to write.
“I love cursive writing and I try to practice it as much as I can while doing my homework to try to improve my writing skills,” she said.
For Heinlein, the art of cursive writing isn’t appreciated as much as it should be. Cursive writing is an important skill to use in today’s world that also has many benefits as well.
“It is becoming a lost art,” Heinlein said. “It’s a creative form of communication, and most people don’t realize reading cursive helps develop the brain.”
Jasmine hopes to continue developing her skills and perfect her talents. “I would like to start receiving more constructive criticism on my cursive writing,” she explains. “I know I need more work on my cursive spacing, and the more feedback I can receive it would actually help me improve.”
For those who struggle with cursive writing, Jasmine offers some advice. “Everyday, practice your cursive writing. The more you practice, you can become better and one day, you could be picked as the winner of the national handwriting competition.”
And another piece of advice is to use an ergonomic pen every time you write. Cursive writing is much easier, and can be accomplished with more perfection, when you use a pen such as the UGLee Pen. Your hand stays relaxed and comfortable, allowing your cursive writing to flow easily.
Jasmine is awaiting the results of the grand national competition, which are to be revealed in April.