Boston, Mass., Jun 24, 2023 / 08:00 am
“The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” is the sentence that won Daisy Almaraz, a Catholic school seventh grader in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, a national competition.
The sentence doesn’t contain any special alliteration or a readable rhyme scheme. But it does contain every letter of the alphabet.
For a national cursive handwriting competition, the judges wanted to see if the students were up to the task of gracefully writing every letter of the alphabet from A to Z.
“Excited” and “surprised” were the words that Almaraz used to describe her reaction when she found out that she was one of nine national winners among about 80,000 entries in the 2023 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest, which students at her school, Sacred Heart Academy in Winchester, Virginia, partake in each year.