Handless 7 Year Old Girl Wins National Handwriting Competition


A handless 7 year old Virginia first grader named Anaya Ellick has proven that when you bury your passion in anything, you can score massive greatness in them.

Ananya, despite having no hands, emerged the winner of the 2016 Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship –  beating 50 other youngsters from around the country.

Born with no hands, Anaya grew up learning how to write using her forearms instead of using prostheses. Her determination to achieve the seemingly impossible won her a national handwriting contest. She writes while holding her pencil with both arms, leaning forward on her desk for a better angle.

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Looking at her handwriting, nobody would believe that young Anaya Ellick wrote them without hands. Her handwriting looks clearer and ordered way more than that written by many people with both hands.

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Anaya Ellick’s principal of the Greenbrier Christian Academy in Chesapeake, Tracy Cox, told ABC News about the diligence of the seven-year old. The principal, whose idea it was to enter 7 year old Anaya into the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship said:

“There is truly very little that this girl cannot do. She is a hard worker. She is determined. She is independent.”

Principal Cox also added that Anaya is “a vivacious and a no-excuses type of young lady.”

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The National Handwriting Contest is an annual event sponsored by Zaner-Bloser to promote legible handwriting. Anaya Ellick participated in the Special Needs category, which allows students with cognitive delays, intellectual, physical, or developmental disabilities to participate.

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Her penmanship was submitted in the category that encourages the participation of students with cognitive delays, or intellectual, physical or developmental disabilities.

This category is rated by a team of occupational therapists, and the winner is awarded the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Penmanship. 7  year old Anaya enrolled for the competition and emerged a success.

The competition director Kathleen Wright told ABC News that:

“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.”