WARWICK-Brianna Weiss (Grade 3, Park Avenue), Therese Mandracchia (Grade 2, Sanfordville) and Christy Lau (Grade 4, Sanfordville) were named the 2005 state Handwriting Champions in the National Handwriting Contest sponsored by Zaner-Bloser Educational Publishers. These three Warwick students will go on to compete against state winners nationwide for the title of National Champion selected for each grade level, one through five. For the past eight years, Warwick Valley students participated in the National Handwriting Contest to emphasize the importance of developing good handwriting skills. This year more than 140,000 students participated in the contest nationwide. "Legible handwriting is important in Warwick Valley's curriculum," said Jane Demberg, Director of English Language Arts, Social Studies and Academic Intervention Services at Warwick Valley Schools and coordinator of the event. "Even in this age of word processors and text messaging, the quality of children's handwriting can have a profound impact upon their learning and the acceptance of their ideas. We simply want to encourage students to develop good handwriting skills at an early age so that it can help them throughout their lives."