Winners of the 15th Annual Nebraska State Handwriting Contest Announced

Julie Agard
assistant professor, Department of Teacher Education, 308.865.8556

winners of the 15th annual Nebraska State Handwriting Contest, which is sponsored by the University of Nebraska at Kearney, have been selected.

“The competition is held to promote legible handwriting for an effective means of communication,” said Julie Agard, UNK assistant professor of teacher education. “The entries were evaluated for ease of reading, fluent rhythmic movement with technically correct performance of specifications such as slope, space, size and shape of the letters. The general layout of the entry was taken into account along with neatness of presentation.”

Winning entries were selected in four age categories with prizes being awarded for first and second place. Prizes, a $25 gift certificate for first place and a $15 gift certificate for second place, are provided by Follett’s Campus Bookstore in Kearney. Judging for the competition, which is endorsed by the Nebraska State Education Association and the Nebraska State Department of Education, was done in Kearney. Participants competed in four age groups–ages 12 and under, ages 13-16, ages 17-49, and ages 50 and over.

“The broad appeal of the contest continues with entries from all regions of the state and in all age categories,” she said, noting that. “Elementary teachers were, once again, especially supportive of the curriculum-based activity and provided the largest number of entries for an age group.

“However, competition was keen at both ends of the contest. In the age 50 and over category, entrants ranged from 50-80+ years of age,” Agard said. For more information, go to

The winners are listed below by category:
Age 12 & Under
1st Place – Andrea Wach, Wauneta
2nd Place – Lynnsey Riha, Spencer

Ages 13-16
1st Place – Chelsea Weber, North Platte
2nd Place – Shari Spilinek, Elba

Ages 17-49
1st Place – Erin Dall, Lincoln
2nd Place – Chris Hilkemann, Pierce
Honorable Mention – Vicki Ramold, Palmer

Age 50 & Over
1st Place – Marlene Kepler, Dalton
2nd Place – Carol A. Keating, Norfolk
Honorable Mention – Ann Engert, Grand Island