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A junior infant student in Shanballymore National School has received one of the highest accolades, as he came second in the junior category in the national final of the INTO/EBS National Handwriting competition.
Adam D'Alessandro, the son of Tina and Gerardo, will be going to Haughton House in Dublin Zoo on April 27 with his family for the prizegiving and his teacher said that they are extremely proud of him in the school.
While the school have had winners in the county finals before, Adam is their first All Ireland winner.
His teacher Ms Fiona Hannon said that they are thrilled to bits with Adam's national award and that the school are very proud to be part of this.
She added that just before he sent off his handwriting sample, she noticed a mistake and he redid the whole thing and she said that it shows that even the smallest mistakes would get noticed and that it is worth it to get things just right.
Ms Hannon said that the standard of handwriting was very good throughout the class and that another one of their students, Peter O'Keeffe came third in the county final, also in the junior category.
The Principal, Michael O'Sullivan, said that they are very proud of both Peter and Adam for doing so well in the county finals and he congratulated Adam for taking his skill to the next level by gaining second place in the country in the national final.
"It's great for his family and the entire school community are very proud. It's the first time we had a child placed in the All Ireland final and he did extremely well.
"There has always been a strong emphasis on handwriting and it is something we want to maintain and build on," he said.
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