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Gervais student wins handwriting prize
Sacred Heart School photo
Teacher Amy Lear and handwriting champ Jessica Gonzales with parents Jessica's parents Anita and David Gonzales.
Sacred Heart School photo
Teacher Amy Lear and handwriting champ Jessica Gonzales with parents Jessica's parents Anita and David Gonzales.

GERVAIS — Jessica Gonzales, an eighth grader at Sacred Heart School in Gervais, has won the Oregon title in the annual Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest. More than 300,000 students take part in the competition, which encourages legible handwriting by testing the abilities of students in first through eighth grades.

Jessica received an engraved Zaner-Bloser State Winner Medallion and her teacher, Amy Lear, received an engraved Glass Diamond Award. Sacred Heart gets a $200 Zaner-Bloser Coupon to purchase text books. This is the third time in the last five years that a student from Sacred Heart has won at the state level. Jessica also received the award in 2010 when she was in the fourth grade, and in 2012 eighth grade student Amy Turner was the winner.

“I think good handwriting skills are important because to be able to read someone else’s handwriting is like understanding someone who is talking to you," Jessica says. "They see it clearly, and understand that you want your message to be heard.  Muddled handwriting is like muddled feelings.  It is important to realize what you want in life and to be able to clearly express it in writing.”

As a state grade-level winner, Jessica will now be eligible to compete for a Grand National Champion title.

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