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Courtney Durham, 14, of the Holladay 27th Ward, Salt Lake Holladay Stake, was recently named the National Eighth Grade Level Champion for the National Handwriting Contest, sponsored by Zaner-Bloser Educational Publishers of Columbus, Ohio. She competed this spring with some 110,000 others in the contest and was one of 155 State Grade Level Champions before being named the national champion for her grade level.

"I didn't really believe it at first," she said during a telephone interview. "This is the first time I've ever won, for even the state level."

Courtney attends Reid School in Salt Lake City and has entered the contest, which the school participates in yearly, since she was in first grade.