Janelle Scrudder (left) and Amber Gobbel (right) were the two Canaan Community Academy students who won the 2018 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest. (Staff photo by Elisabeth Moore)
Janelle Scrudder (left) and Amber Gobbel (right) were the two Canaan Community Academy students who won the 2018 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest. (Staff photo by Elisabeth Moore)
Two young Jefferson County students were recently celebrated for winning awards in their respective grades at the 2018 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest.

Canaan Community Academy Chief Administrative Officer Rhonda Pennington presented sixth grader Amber Gobbel and second grader Janelle Scudder with an award and certificate indicating that they were named Indiana’s sixth grade and second grade winners for public schools in the 2018 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest. This contest gives students in kindergarten through eighth grade an opportunity to showcase and receive recognition for their handwriting skills in print or cursive.

Zaner-Bloser is a handwriting company that provides proven, research-based literacy instruction that builds comprehenzive skills through critical thinking and active participation.

While inspecting the handwriting, judges look for size, shape, spacing and slant to evaluate the entries.

“I think its expected of (Scudder) because she does her best with her writing with everything that she does,” said Danielle Messer, second grade teacher at Canaan Academy. “I’m really proud of her for doing that.”

With their awards, Gobbel and Scudder were given a medallion, their teachers were given an etched glass diamond award and the school received a $200 Zaner-Bloser gift certificate. The two teachers who won awards were Messer and fifth and sixth grade teacher Jessica Fennif.

“We applaud the winning students for the dedication it took to demonstrate such outstanding manuscript and cursive handwriting skills, and we applaud their schools, which continue to recognize the importance of handwriting instruction,” said Lisa Carmona, president of Zaner-Bloser.

Courier Staff Writer Elisabeth Moore can be reached at 812-265-3641 ext. 247 or at emoore@madisoncourier.com