- A young girl born without arms has been awarded for having the best handwriting
- The young lady received the special award which was aimed at awarding special children with exceptional talents
9-year-old schoolgirl, Anaya Ellick, achieved an outstanding feat after she received two national awards for her exceptional writing skills – even though she was born with no hands.
The achievement of the little girl who is a third-grader in Chesapeake area of Virginia, United States of America, is remarkable because she found a way to be the best at writing despite the fact that she was born without hands and did not use prosthetic.
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Ellick was named the winner of the 2018 Nicholas Maxim Award, part of the 2018 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest, on Thursday, April 26.
The award recognizes students with special needs who have developed an exceptional skill in handwriting. In 2016, the 9-year-old was also named winner of the contest’s print category.
It was gathered that the little girl learned how to hold a pencil between her arms to draw and write and she pressed on to become flawless at it.
Anaya Ellick’s school honored her with a write up after she picked up the award:
“Greenbrier Christian Academy is proud to announce third grader Anaya Ellick has won the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Cursive!
Anaya previously won the Nicholas Maxim Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship as a first grader in 2016 and has claimed the title again with her outstanding cursive writing.
What makes Anaya’s achievement as a National Handwriting Champion so special is Anaya was born without hands and does not use prosthetics. In order to write, she is able to hold a pencil between her two arms and stand at her desk to get the proper angle needed for writing.
“Anaya is an extraordinary young lady. Her tenacity continues to inspire all of us at GCA,”
said Anaya’s Foundations Academy Principal, Tracy Cox.
“Anaya’s well-earned first place finish reminds us all what determination and hard work can achieve. We are so proud of Anaya and her accomplishments.”
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