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Virginia Third-Grader Born Without Hands Wins National Awards For Exceptional Skill In Handwriting

Anaya Ellick, a Virginia third-grader born without hands has won two national awards for her exceptional skill in handwriting–one in 2016 and another in 2018.
That’s pretty outstanding and uplifting for someone born without hands.

According to her school’s principal, “Not only does have some of the neatest handwriting in her class Anaya’s handwriting is some of the best in the country. she also won the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship — twice!

Bianca Middleton, Anaya’s mom, told WKTR news that her daughter has always been independent. Anaya was born without hands and chooses not to use prostheses. “She ties her shoes. She gets dressed by herself. She doesn’t really need any assistance to do anything.”

Kathleen Wright, director of the National Handwriting Contest sponsored by education company Zaner-Bloser, told ABC News “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 a hand

Anaya writes by standing at her desk and uses her forearms to hold a pencil.

Anaya’s father, Gary Ellick, shared with WKTR that “It was a shock at first” when he and Bianca learned their daughter would be born impaired. But, now years later, Anaya’s fierce determination has transformed that shock to pure inspiration.

It was the principal at Ananya’s school, Greenbrier Christian Academy, Tracy Cox idea for Anaya to enter the contest in 2016 she told ABC News.

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