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SOURCE: National Punctuation Day
Four winners chosen from hundreds of worldwide entries in annual writing challenge.
Pinole, CA (PRWEB) December 30, 2012
Dana Cook Grossman, of East Thetford, VT, and Eve Baker, of Dayton, OH, (adult division) and Vincenza Montante, of Washington-Lee High School, Arlington, VA, and Jacques Guillot Jr., of Saint Paul's School, Covington, LA (student division) were the winners of the 2012 National Punctuation Day® Presidential Punctuation challenge.
Hundreds of entries were received, most from the United States, but several from other countries. One thing is certain: When it comes to a favorite presidential punctuation mark, as in elections, sometimes there is no clear mandate. Every one of the 13 punctuation marks on this website received a presidential vote.
Winners received a box of punctuation goodies, including a National Punctuation Day® T-shirt.
The contest rules were: Write one paragraph with a maximum of three sentences using the following 13 punctuation marks to explain which should be “presidential,” and why: apostrophe, brackets, colon, comma, dash, ellipsis, exclamation point, hyphen, parentheses, period, question mark, quotation mark, and semicolon. You may use a punctuation mark more than once, and there is no word limit. Multiple entries are permitted.
Entries with misspelled words, capitalization errors, run-on sentences, misplaced punctuation marks, too many sentences and convoluted ideas, among other reasons, were disqualified.
The winning entries may be found on the National Punctuation Day® website: http://www.NationalPunctuationDay.com
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