Waymart, Pa. – Universal Publishing recently presented a certificate of excellence in handwriting to Robert D. Wilson student Kenzie Gregory. Kenzie is a student in Miss Judge’s first-grade class. Kenzie achieved an honorable mention among first-grade entries in Universal Publishing’s 2018 National Handwriting Contest. The handwriting contest rewards students for their exceptional handwriting skills and raises awareness about the importance of handwriting instruction. First-, second-, and third-place winners were selected for each grade in grades K-5 and for grades 6-8 combined, as well as for the new teacher division. Honorable mentions were also awarded in both the student and teacher divisions. Winners were selected from thousands of submissions by public, private, and home school students and teachers from across the nation. When asked about the contest, Universal Publishing president Thomas Wasylyk said, “This is a great way to get students involved and promote excellence in handwriting – a skill used by every student, every day, in every subject. Kenzie should be proud of her achievement!” This year, students completed a two-part entry form in either manuscript (grades K-2) or cursive (grades 3-8) that required writing a provided sentence and answering an open-ended question. Teachers were asked to provide samples of both manuscript and cursive writing for their entries. All participants were judged on their letter formation, size, and spacing; word spacing; line quality; and slant. Judges also considered joinings on cursive entries. For a complete list of winners, visit upub.net/contest.