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National Punctuation Day®
announces 2016 contest winners
The winners of the 2016 National Punctuation Day® writing contest are:
Malcolm Patterson (photo at right), who works for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Grace Leckey, a student at Washington-Lee High School,
in Arlington, VA. They are the adult and student winners, respectively.
Malcolm, who said he’s “often called upon to untangle the wordy drafts prepared by PhDs,” wrote this thank-you
note to David Chalfant, his English teacher at Walter Johnson High School, in Bethesda, MD:
Dear Mr. Chalfant,
In the early 70s, you taught English at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Maryland. I have had many excellent instructors,
but a senior semester in your classroom changed my life.
Many other teachers gave me writing assignments; you taught me to write. Others told me to make outlines; you showed me
how to organize my thoughts. Others told me to review my work; you taught me to revise and rewrite (and rewrite, and rewrite).
You introduced me to readability scores, so I know when I’m clear enough.
I went to the U.S. Naval Academy, where I skipped the freshman English classes — thanks to you, I “tested out.”
My essays in history, economics, philology, and even technical subjects earned better grades than they might have merited
on their content alone. My professors liked plain English.
In the early stages of my engineering career, I advanced rapidly because I wrote clearly. When I sought new employment,
my letters usually garnered an interview. As a consultant, my reports brought repeat business.
Now I work at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where it’s my job to explain complex issues to a non-technical audience.
I’m often called upon to untangle the wordy drafts prepared by PhDs, and I can usually make the most difficult material clear
to a junior in college. It’s fun.
Thanks in large part to your lessons, I’ve had a great career. Thank you.
Grace, a senior, and the second consecutive student at Washington-Lee High School to win this contest, wrote to Mrs. Auer,
her teacher at Saint Charles School, in Arlington:
Dear Ms. Auer,
The days of working with our spelling and language arts books seem distant now. However, many lessons from our
classroom remain with me today — how to set up microphones for Mass, how to sing the Notre Dame fight song, and how to gently
pet a guinea pig.
I learned hundreds of lessons in your class at Saint Charles, but I’m sad to report that in high school,
there are no school Masses that need microphones set up, no Notre Dame pep rallies, and no guinea pigs.
While those lessons stay close to my heart, the lessons I call upon daily are your lessons on grammar, spelling,
and punctuation. I am grateful for the strong academic foundation you helped build for me and my classmates.
Your dodgeball-playing, chocolate milk-loving fifth graders have grown into high school seniors.
I remember how I used to sit curled up in our reading corner with copies of “Peter Pan” and
“My Side of the Mountain.” Now, I stand with poise in front of other IB English students giving
presentations about “Crime and Punishment” and “Macbeth.”
Times certainly change, but the confidence I gained from your class remains unfaded. I plan to go away to college
soon and study music. As I pack up my belongings and memories for the journey, I’ll be sure to bring your
lessons with me.
Malcolm and Grace won a goody bag of punctuation products, a punctuation book, and the rewards associated with knowing their brilliance has
been recognized on the Internet and social media.
Dumbest Sign of the Decade
On south Western Ave. in Chicago. Sent by Joanne Archibald.
Rosine's, Monterey, CA
Home of the Possessive Benedict
Sent by Ken Braly
Great punctuation video
from WABI-TV in Bangor, ME
Past radio coverage of
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Past newspaper and blog
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Missouri State Teachers Association: Why Punctuation?
Guest column by Jeff Rubin, founder of National Punctuation Day
The Destin Log:
A punctilious punctuators pet peeves
Contest: Do you know your punctuation?
San Francisco Chronicle: Punctuation Paragraph Contest
Highlights 8th Annual National Punctuation Day, Sept. 24
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Happy National Punctuation Day! Now use it correctly
Baltimore Sun: On George Clooney and apostrophes
Charlotte Observer.comThe Reading Life blog:
Punctuation geeks: A contest just for you
North County Times (CA):
HUNNEMAN: Hyping the hyphen
Watch the punctuation: Its role in financial documents is crucial
“Punctuation, (is) our; friend!”
Dubuque (IA) Telegraph-Herald:
Editor’s notes: TH readers try to punctuate their way to glory
Omaha World Herald: So you know
Wilkes-Barre (PA) Times-Leader: Punctuation a thing of the past?
Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin: Prepare your pet peeves. Punctuation Day is fast approaching (first column, September 14)
Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin: I’m Just Sayin’: Today’s the day for perfect punctuation (second column, September 24)
Beverly in Movieland: Punctilious about Punctuation
New Jersey Today: Contest Highlights 8th Annual National Punctuation Day, Sept. 24
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Spokane (WA) Spokesman-Review Today is National Punctuation Day
Pinole Patch: Write a Paragraph for National Punctuation Day
El Cerrito Patch: A Day To Show Some Love for Punctuation
Association Media & Publishing: It’s Cool to be a Comma
The Writing Resource: Celebrate National Punctuation Day
Center for Writing Excellence: Call me a nerd, but . . .
American Copy Editors Society: Celebrating the comma, partying with parentheses
Chicago Reader: Chicago’s contribution to National Punctuation Day
Chicago Reader: Cats, Chicagoan claim quotation, comma contest
Ben G’s video salute to NPD: September 24th is National Punctuation Day!
Headbloom Blog: The Apoplectic Apostrophe
Grumbling & Gratitude: “HAPPY” NATIONAL PUNCTUATION ... DAY!
Daily Writing Tips: 10 Websites and Blogs of Punctuation Protectors
Wordnik: Punctuation Rules!
TeleRead: National Punctuation Day is September 24
Punctuation rap song: Dots N Dashes
You Tube: Punctuation songs and videos
Cybrary Man: Cybrary Man’s Educational Web Sites
Arlington Now: Arlington Resident a National Punctuation Day Winner
Arlington Sun-Gazette: Arlingtonian Among Tops in U.S. in Creative Use of Punctuation
Canton Repository: Punctuation contest brings out the best
New Jersey reporter searches for
missing apostrophe in Toms River
Old Navys T-shirt
Colleges and universities approved
the apostrophe-less T-shirt
National Punctuation Day®
salutes the Tea Party
Cake Wrecks highlights
The “Wonders” (of) Punctuation...
Victor Borge and Dean Martin
sing phonetic punctuation
National Punctuation Day at the
Michigan State University School of Journalism
PUNCTUATION PROGRAM IN
In 2006, National Punctuation Day® founder Jeff Rubin and his wife, Norma, began performing
Punctuation Playtime® assemblies in
elementary schools. Punctuation Playtime® has been performed nearly 75 times in schools from California
to Chicago to New York.
Punctuation Playtime® is a 45-minute program for children in grades K-6. Punctuation Playtime® features
games, activities, and storytelling—even a rap song—to reinforce important punctuation lessons
in an effort to enhance children’s reading, writing, and communication skills.
On October 21, 22, and 23, 2009, Jeff and Norma brought Punctuation Playtime® to the Westfield Fox Hills
Shopping Center in Culver City, CA, to help the center inaugurate a new installation inside the mall
called Punctuation Station. Jeff and Norma did three performances each day.
Teachers love the program and how Jeff and Norma interact with the children.
“Your program completely supports our curriculum content,” said Sally Feldman, a teacher at Washington
Elementary School, in Point Richmond, CA. “You have wrapped up the best in teaching to bring to our students.
I love the fact that you are not afraid to teach young children great skills!”
“That’s a typical comment we get from teachers after a program,” says Jeff,
who works during the day as The Newsletter Guy, writing company
newsletters for corporate customers out of his office in Pinole, CA.
Punctuation Playtime® performs
at Los Angeles-area shopping center
Jeff and Norma have also produced a 30-minute
instructional DVD that trains teachers how to facilitate Punctuation Playtime® in their schools. They also conduct 90-minute workshops
for elementary-school teachers on how to teach punctuation to children in a fun and engaging way.
Visit the NPD website regularly at www.NationalPunctuationDay.com for updates and new photos.
And check the Punctuation Playtime® website at www.PunctuationPlaytime.com for
information about bringing our program to your school.
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