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Local student nationally recognized for handwriting skills

Puja Patel, a fifth grader at Valley View Elementary School in Ashwaubenon, holds up her certificate as one of the semi-finalists in the 2015 National Handwriting Contest. (WLUK)

ASHWAUBENON - A local student is nationally recognized for something out of the ordinary.

Puja Patel, a fifth grader at Valley View Elementary School in Ashwaubenon, is one of the semi-finalists in the 2015 National Handwriting Contest.

Out of the 300,000 students entered, ages kindergarten through eighth grade, Patel is one of the top 18 students in the contest.

The school celebrated her achievement Wednesday with an assembly.

Officials say the purpose of the competition is to stress the importance of handwriting as a skill even in a digital age where texting and typing are more common.

"Most importantly, it is to recognize the importance of handwriting as a critical skill for literacy that is both for reading and for writing. And secondly, it is to recognize those students who have become accomplished with their handwriting ability," said John Hanzalik of Zaner-Bloser Publishing.

The competition included both private and public schools across the country.

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