St. Louis Teen Wins Cursive Writing Contest

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) – Lauren Ferrari has a lot of character when it comes to cursive.

'L is my favorite letter,' says Lauren Ferrari.  'I like how fluent it is and I just love to write it.'

Ferrari is the Lamborghini of letter writing.

In fact, she's the best seventh grader in the entire country.

'We make a big deal out of writing thank you notes and writing notes to each other and I think it all fell in line with that,' says Lauren`s mom Kathleen Ferrari.

From the time she was an infant, the writing was on the wall when it came to her ability.

'I'm really interested in art and writing and English,' says the national handwriting champion.  'So I think that all kind of plays a big part in how I write.'

Her right stuff shows that the fountain pen is still a foundational skill needed in modern times.

'It's not a dying art,' says Linda Carron, the Zaner Blouser Contest Representative.  'It's coming back because they have to be able to read cursive writing if they want to read the Declaration of Independence.'

More than 285-thousand students entered the Zaner-Blouser handwriting contest.

They were judged on how well they wrote a sentence that uses every letter of the alphabet.

'Research has shown that it stimulates the brain,' says Holy Infant Principal
Sister Rosario Delaney.

'I think it's one of the most important things they can do because they find their voice through writing,' says teacher Debbie St. Louis whose real last name is St. Louis.  'They find out what's important to them.'

'It's important because you can express yourself and you can really make a good impression on others through your handwriting,' says Ferrari.  'You can come off very well spoken.'

Well said, but I wanted an inkling of Lauren's letter writing acumen in a friendly cursive competition.

'Patrick, I think you are going to have to practice an awful lot more,' says Sister Delaney.

Guess you could say I'm the latter in this letter writing contest.

So I'll let Lauren's letters speak for themselves.

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