Students at Odessa Christian School have once more captured wins in the annual Cursive is Cool Writing Contest offered by the Campaign for Cursive.

Winners were 7-year-old first-grader Lilly Peer, 12-year-old sixth-grader Angel Nguyen and 9-year-old third-grader Joe Davis.

Christian Gaytan, a second-grade student who moved out of the area, also took a place in the contest, Principal Nancy Campbell said.

Peer, who has been writing in script since last year, said she likes writing in cursive because it’s different than print.

“And it looks cooler than print,” she said.

This is the third time in a row that Nguyen has taken a certificate in the competition. She got first place.

“I was happy because this is my last year doing it. I got first place. It’s very different than printing, very neat,” Nguyen said.

Davis has won the competition twice with poems about cursive.

“I was just thinking about some ways to write like the story. I just thought of it. I don’t know how,” he said.

“It’s neat and I have been doing it since pre-k because my mom, she wanted me to try cursive and I’ve liked it ever since,” he added.

Teacher Don Potter read Davis’ most recent work:

Cursive is beautiful. Cursive is sharp.

It increases creativity and makes you smart.

Cursive is exciting. Cursive is neat.

And cursive is a visual treat.

Campbell said she thinks when you write cursive your personality comes through.

“Even though there’s a certain form you’re supposed to use, as a teacher you can tell whose cursive handwriting is who’s because their personality comes through,” she said.

Potter added that cursive makes students pay attention to what they’re writing.

“Each word is a separate unit when you write cursive, but in print each letter is individual,” he said.

Cursive is Cool contest winners and Odessa Christian students Joe Davis, Angel Nguyen and Lilly Peer pose for a photo at the school.

Ruth Campbell|Odessa American

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