Berry has the best first-grade handwriting in Maine

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First-grader at the Woodland Community School Jasmine Berry recently came in first place throughout the state for having the best handwriting of any first-grader.

By Natalie Bazinet
Staff Writer

WOODLAND — First-grader at the Woodland Community School Jasmine Berry has been named a state grade-level winner in the Zane Bloser National Handwriting Contest; she is the daughter of Neil and Connie Berry and she likes to write.

“I like everything about writing,” the 7-year-old said.

Woodland Community School students in first- through eighth-grade compete for the contest, and Jasmine remembers penning (or penciling, in this case) the winning entry in class a few months ago.

“I just go really slow and take my time because when I was first writing, I would take my time and it took a while. At the end of the day, Mrs. Landeen said who won and it was me!” said Jasmine with a great big smile. “So I said ‘oh! That was easy!’”

Jasmine said she was very excited when Principal Susie Schloman presented her with the medal and told her she’d won.

“My mom and dad were really happy,” she said.

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State grade-level winner of the Zane Bloser National Handwriting Contest Jasmine Berry wrote this piece on April 13 to share her handwriting with the community.

The school will receive $200 in Zaner-Bloser products for winning the state grade-level and Jasmine’s teacher, Jennifer Landeen was given an engraved rosewood box and pen.

The Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest is an annual event the company sponsors to promote legible handwriting. According to the company’s website, this is the 21st year of the contest.