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Fort Wayne first-grader wins national handwriting contest

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) -

Fort Wayne is now home to the Grand Champion of the 2018 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest

Seven-year-old Isabella Salas, from Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School can claim the best print handwriting among all first-grade entries across the country. 

"It will make me better in school, have me learn more and make my dreams come true," Isabella said. 

This year, nearly 250,000 students participated in the national handwriting contest. Zaner-Bloser first launched the contest 27 years ago.  Students who compete are from both private and public schools - and use the reading and writing curriculum from the Zaner-Bloser company. Students in grades K-2 submit print work, while students in grades 3-8 send in cursive handwriting samples.

Isabella entered her handwriting in her school's first-grade contest this past November. Her teachers then sent her work to the local, state and ultimately the national competition. 

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School Principal Louis Widner says the school is proud of Isabella's achievement and will continue to teach both print and cursive handwriting to all grade levels. 

The school will officially honor Isbella as the Grand National Handwriting Champion at an assembly on Tuesday. 

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