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      Submissions Being Accepted for Nebraska Handwriting Contest

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      Entries for the 23nd Annual HandwritingContest, which promotes legible handwriting as an effective means of communication, will be accepted until March 31.

      Entries for thecompetition can be sent via mail to: Nebraska Handwriting Contest, Attention: Julie Agard, University of Nebraska atKearney, College of Education, Kearney, NE 68849.

      The contest, which was created in 1991 by Tom Hutson of Red Cloud inmemory of his mother Eva, will award prizes in four categories. Those categories include: ages 12 and under, ages 13–16, ages 17–49, and 50 and over.

      Individuals in the ages 12 and under category willsubmit text from "The Boys and the Frogs," an Aesop Fable, and individuals ages13 and over will submit text from "O Pioneers!" by Willa Cather.

      The Sequel Bookstoreof Kearney will provide first and second place winners in each category with a$25 and $15 gift certificate, respectively. Winners will be announced via theUNK College of Education website, by Monday, April30.

      Submitted text shouldbe written in any of the various styles of cursive handwriting, rather thanprinted. The writing will be judged as a whole according to ease of reading,including features such as fluent rhythmic movement, and technically correctperformance of specifications such as slope, space, size and shape of theletters.

      Individuals maychoose any 8 ½" by 11" paper and writing instrument for the competition. Thegeneral layout of the entry, including margins, line spacing and overallneatness, will be considered in judging.

      Only one entry percompetitor may be entered into the competition. Entries must include: name ofentrant, address, telephone number, e-mail address and age, as of Feb. 1, onthe back of the entry. Students entering the competition should include thename and address of their school, and the name of their teacher. Teachersshould only submit the top three or four entries from each class.

      Official texts to becopied by contest participants, and the official contest rules can be found on http://www.nsea.org and http://coe.unk.edu/contest.

      All entries willbecome property of the Nebraska Handwriting Contest, and will be retained withthe right to use them in full or in part in exhibitions or publications. Thecontest is conducted by the UNK Department of Teacher Education, and isendorsed and supported by the Nebraska Department of Education and the NebraskaState Education Association.

      Courtesy- University of Nebraska-Kearney

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