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National Punctuation Day®
names 2015 contest winners
The winners of the 2015 National Punctuation Day® writing contest have been selected!
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For our homage to the retirement of David Letterman, the king of late-night TV, contestants were asked this question:
What are the top 10 ways proper punctuation has affected your life?
Lori Barton, a technical writer from De Pere, WI, and Daniel Eigler-Harding, a senior at Washington-Lee High School,
in Arlington, VA, were named the adult and student winners, respectively.
Cameron Ringfield and Faith Miller, students of English literature teacher Chassie James at Hapeville Charter Career
Academy High School, in Atlanta, GA, received honorable mention recognition.
Lori Barton wrote:
10. It is, after all, good comma.
9. I laughed harder at Seinfelds “Exclamation Point!” episode!
8. My periods are more regular.
7. I now use semi-colons more than once every 10 years, unless there are polyps.
6. I no longer question my pronouns motives.
5. Dining—and dashing—is now a legitimate option.
4. Quoting this site is now considered “cool.”
3. It’s OK to capitalize on other peoples mistakes.
2. I live by a new motto: “Everything in life, and in punctuation, happens for a reason.” ~ Auntie Tilde
And the #1 way proper punctuation has affected Lori’s life:
1. Forward or backward, a slash is still a slash.
Daniel Eigler-Harding wrote:
Proper punctuation has affected me because it has allowed me to:
10. Make this list by providing the following:
9. Write my name: Daniel Eigler-Harding
8. Question: “Am supposed to eat that?”
7. Show emotion: “No! Dont eat that!”
6. Cite my sources: “Poisons are substances which cause disturbances to organisms.” (Wikipedia)
5. Show my train of thought: “The food is poisoned...I am not going to eat that.”
4. Put blame on others: “It was my brother’s idea to add the arsenic.”
3. Connect to complete thoughts: “I didn’t do it; you should punish my brother.”
2. End a thought: “I still want to eat something.”
And the #1 way proper punctuation has affected Daniel’s life:
1. Not eat my father: “I am going to eat, dad.”
Both won a goody bag of punctuation products, a copy of Strunk & Whites The Elements of Style, and the
accolades from a grateful nation that accompany such a coveted award.
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
National Punctuation Day®
Past newspaper and blog
National Punctuation Day®
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
Saturday, September 24, 2011
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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