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Fort Wayne student wins national award

Fort Wayne student wins national award

Posted: Jun. 5, 2018 3:40 PM
Updated: Jun. 6, 2018 9:52 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind (FOX 55) - Isabella Salas, a first grader at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton school in Fort Wayne is so good at handwriting thanks to the Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Curriculum, that she was named the grand national champion among 1st graders.

The champion’s work was submitted to Zaner-Bloser’s handwriting competition. So, when Isabella received the award on her last day of first grade, she said that she was “very, very excited." Why? "Because I never won an award before.”

Isabella’s mom Sonia recalls the phone call from the principal when she found out her daughter had won the award.

Sonia Salas said, “she [the principal] said that “you know I thought she won state and then I looked further and I found out that she’s a national winner out of over 200,000 kids in her whole grade” and that just alone was a shocker and it made me very emotional. So, I cried a little bit.”

Even though she’s in first grade, Isabella already writes better than some adults.

“She’s actually been working on it very hard. I know she says “there’s a competition she has to work on it.” So, me and my wife actually work on it with her and she works on it at home with her mom and grandma," said Jason Salas, her father.

She also likes things related to handwriting, like coloring and doing crafts, so it didn’t surprise her mother too much when she heard she had won.

“She loves drawing. So, she’s very artistic, so this actually doesn’t surprise me that she has good handwriting," said Sonia

Her mother also said she comes from a family of women who can write well, so when I asked why she wants handwriting like her mom, Isabella said “because then it will make the handwriting get better.”

When her classmates found out she was the best in the nation, they wanted to let her know that they were all proud of her and they're excited to see her next school year.

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