(North Olmsted) - St. Brendan 4th grader Antonio Harris has won the title of “Best Handwriting” by a private school student in the State of Ohio, and second best nationally. The announcement was made at a school assembly just after lunch.

Antonio says he was shocked when his name was called as the winner of the state contest, and told Newsradio WTAM 1100 he didn't expect to do so well in the competition. He admits winning second place on the national level is a great honor.

Proud dad Shawn Harris said he was absolutely delighted upon learning the news weeks ago, and that it was tough to keep to it secret until today's big announcement.

Shawn, Antonio and Araceli Harris.

Mother Aracila Harris said she never pushed handwriting at home, just that Antonio make his best effort when it comes to completing school work.

Principal Julie Onacila expressed disappointment that some school districts no longer teach handwriting with the growth of computers, tablets, and testing. However, she feels it’s something children need to know, to be able to read documents, and create signatures.

Onacila said a person's handwriting is like their fingerprint and is an expression of their personality. 

Principal Julie Onacila with the winning entry.

Antonio is just one of 18 students nationally, being honored for handwriting excellence, out of pool of more than 300,000 entries. He becomes the 3rd St. Brendan student to win the state's top prize.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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