Anaya Ellick, a 7-year old Virginia first grader, born without hands has won a US national handwriting competition. She has such good handwriting, that she beat 50 other youngsters from around the country.
The girl reportedly beat the other competitors to get the special-needs category prize at the National Handwriting Contest. This category rewards students with an intellectual, physical, or developmental disability.
Anaya Ellick from Chesapeake, Virginia, does not use prosthetics. To write, she stands to get the proper angle, holding a pencil between her arms.
Anaya’s penmanship was submitted in the category that encourages the participation of students with cognitive delays, or intellectual, physical or developmental disabilities.
This category is judged by a team of occupational therapists, and the winner is awarded the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Penmanship.
Competition Director, Kathleen Wright said; “We looked at her writing and were just stunned to see how well her handwriting was, considering she writes without hands, her writing sample was comparable to someone who had hands.”
Sponsors of the contest Zaner-Bloser said they planned to award each student $1,000 (£690).
Principal of Greenbrier Christian Academy in Chesapeake, describes her as an “inspiration”. She adds that it was her idea to have Anaya enter the competition, which is open to students in kindergarten to eighth grade.
Ms. Cox says Anaya does not let anything get in the way of doing what she has set out to do, and describes her thus; “She is a hard worker. She is determined. She is independent. She is a vivacious and a no-excuses type of young lady.”
Anaya is just another inspirational example who displays ability in disability, another of such case is 30-year-old pilot Jessica Cox, who also was born without hands. She has been able to drive a car, fly a plane and play piano – all with her feet.