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8th grader wins national handwriting contest

Stacey Hartley • May 29, 2019 at 10:00 AM

MONROEVILLE —  An eighth-grader at Monroeville Junior High School was recognized at a school assembly Friday morning for beating more than 250,000 people in the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest.

Thirteen-year old Mallory Roeder is no novice when it comes to handwriting in cursive — let alone winning competitions for it.

The daughter of Julie and Jon has been described as “incredibly self-driven” and “hard-working” by her teachers, who noticed their student has a strong support system in her family.

When asked what drew her to handwriting contests, Roeder credited her mother for giving her a book on useful skills and teaching her certain things such as the importance of penmanship.

“It’s (competitive handwriting) always something that I’ve done. I had been doing writing competitions for two years and then I started winning. I won state (competitions) in the fourth grade and then I won state every year and I won this year and then this contest,” she said.  

Dan Marino, with Zaner-Bloser, presented Roeder with the award. Giving the organization’s history of using handwriting as a resource for more than 100 years, Marino said “at the end of the day, our most important goal is helping the children.”

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