From a report by WGNTV, a seven-year-old girl out of Chesapeake, VA won a national handwriting contest this week, despite being born without hands.
Anaya Ellick was able to win national Handwriting Contest without the use of prosthetics. She holds the pencil between her two arms and stands at her desk to get the best angle for her to write.
“Anaya is a remarkable young lady. She does not let anything get in the way of doing what she has set out to do,” said Tracy Cox, Anaya’s principal at Greenbrier Christian Academy.
According to Anaya’s parents, the seven-year-old is quite the independent child.
“She ties her shoes, she gets dressed by herself, she doesn’t really need any assistance to do anything,” said her mother Bianca Middleton.
While tasks like drawing and writing are not easy for Anaya, she embraces the challenge.
The handwriting contest she won is a yearly event sponsored by Zaner-Bloser to promote better handwriting.
As a result for winning the contest, Anaya reportedly won $1,000 and a trophy. The school was awarded a gift certificate to be spent on print and digital resources for the benefit of its students and teachers.