Anaya Ellick 7-year-old without hands wins writing competition
Courtesy of Greenbrier Christian Academy

7-Year-Old Girl Born Without Hands Wins Handwriting Competition

If you need some inspiration today…I’ve got it for you.

Meet Anaya Ellick. This beautiful 7-year-old little girl, who was born without hands, just won a national handwriting competition!

Anaya doesn’t use prosthetics and she does all of her own writing in class.

She stands at her desk and uses her forearms to grip her pencil. From that angle, she is able to write with perfect penmanship.

Via the Washington Post:

Her handwriting is so impeccable that her principal, Tracy Cox, entered her in a national handwriting competition in the category for students with special needs. In April, it was announced that she had beaten 50 other children to win the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship.

To look at her entry, it would be impossible to know it was written by a child without hands. Each block letter is flawless.

“She inspires everyone around her because you wonder how does she do this. And it’s not like she’s struggling to do this,” Greenbrier Christian Academy superintendent Ron White said. “Where we see an obstacle, she sees an opportunity.”

During an assembly with older children, Cox told them about Anaya’s award. She teased them that they had no excuses for sloppy handwriting.

“It’s easy to complain about things that are hard, but you look at a little girl like her and we have no excuses for digging in and doing hard work,” Cox said. “Life is tough and we are going to be faced with challenges, but when you really apply yourself and have that determination, she shows amazing things can happen.”

Anaya Ellick 7-year-old without hands wins writing competition

Congratulations Anaya – you rock!


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