A Virginia first grader named Anaya Ellick, used her good handwriting to beat out 50 other youngsters from around the country to win a national handwriting contest – the 2016 Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship.
Little Anaya was born without hands and uses her forearms to write, opting to forgo prostheses.
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 judged by a team of occupational therapists, and the winner is awarded the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Penmanship.
Anaya entered the competition and successfully won. 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.”