This 4th-grader's cursive landed her $1,000


A southern Minnesota student's penmanship has earned her a national award.

Ella Erickson, a fourth-grader at Red Rock Central Elementary School in Jeffers, was named a grand national grade-level champion at this year's Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest, a news release says.

She was one of nine students in kindergarten through eighth-grade out of more than 270,000 to be named a champion.

And on Monday, she was honored by her school, KEYC reports. Sharon Furth, Ella's teacher, told the news station Ella is her fifth state champion, but her first national champion.

Ella's cursive was judged on shape, size, spacing and slant, the release says.

Each national champion was awarded a trophy, a check for $1,000 and $1,000 in education materials for their school, the release says. And the teacher of each champion was awarded a trip to the International Literacy Association Annual Conference this July.

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