A Willimantic fourth grader has written her way to the top in a handwriting contest, and now ranks among the best in the nation.
Emilyn Jozelle Auriantal, 9, is a student at St. Mary - St. Joseph School in Willimantic who puts pen to paper and commits herself to cursive.
"It's just a thing about me, I love writing and I can form my letters - it's not that hard for me but I have to put a lot of concentration into it,” Auriantal said.
During a school assembly on Thursday, Auriantal was honored for her exceptional handwriting.
There were 270,000 across the country who competed in the Zaner Bloser 2016 National Handwriting Contest, and Auriantal is one of 18 winners with the best handwriting.
"I'm so happy that I have my family and school support and my friends and my class, it's just amazing,” Auriantal said.
"She makes us proud in so many ways and we're just so thankful as a family and the school, I can't thank her teachers enough for preparing her with such strong handwriting to be able to accomplish this is amazing,” said Emilyn’s mom Joanna White.
She is also proud of her daughter who got straight A’s this year and now trains her two sisters to master a lost art of cursive.
"I couldn't be more proud, I couldn't be more proud - and being a mom to her and her sisters is my favorite part of life,” White said.
Zaner-Bloser is affiliated with Highlights Magazine.
As many as 4 million students have participated in the handwriting contest over the past 25 years.
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