Anaya Ellick, 1st-Grader Born Without Hands, Wins Penmanship Award

First-grader Anaya Ellick shows off her handwriting.  (WVEC SCREENSHOT)

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Little Anaya Ellick was born without hands and does not use prosthetics.

However, the first-grader at Greenbrier Christian Academy in Chesapeake, Va., still has some of the neatest handwriting in her class and even beat out 300,000 other grade school students to win the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript PenmanshipWVEC reports.

“It was the first time that I have ever had a student like this, but I was very shocked at everything she can do, from cutting to gluing to writing,” Joan Stalnaker, Anaya’s teacher, told the news station.

Anaya chooses to hold her pencil between her two arms and stands up at her desk to get the right angle to write on her paper.  “It may be different, it may be hard, the road may be long, but she will persevere,” Bianca Middleton, Anaya’s mom, said.

“Anaya is a remarkable young lady. She does not let anything get in the way of doing what she has set out to do,” GCA Principal Tracy Cox told the news station. “She is a hard worker and has some of the best handwriting in her class.”

Read more at KHOU.

2 thoughts on “Anaya Ellick, 1st-Grader Born Without Hands, Wins Penmanship Award”

  1. This is heartbreaking and encouraging at the same time. It’s like you don’t want her to see you cry because she’s so much braver than we are. And where are those fools who want to stop teaching cursive writing in school? What will that do to benefit Anaya???

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