2012 National Punctuation Day® Contest Winners Announced

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Four winners chosen from hundreds of worldwide entries in annual writing challenge.

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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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