UNK to Host Cursive Writing Contest


This month the University of Nebraska-Kearney is hosting a penmanship writing contest for people of all ages.

In today's digital world, education professor Julia Agard believes it remains very important for students to have the ability to write in cursive.

"A lot of people believe it's more personal to hand write certain kinds of communication; these are the pieces of communication that we treasure and perhaps hold on to for many years," said Agard.

Agard requires her elementary education students to pass a cursive writing test in order to pass her class.

However, most students on campus are not using cursive too often.

"I only use cursive to sign my name and writing checks," said student Amanda Schneider.

Hastings, Kearney and Grand Island Public Schools all teach cursive to their third grade students.

Some college entrance exams may also require students to have handwritten essays as part of the test.

More information for the contest can be found on UNK's website.