Watch: Girl born with no hands wins national handwriting competition

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The first-grader is said to be developmentally normal in every other aspect, reports say.

Anaya Ellick, who does not use prosthesis, won the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship recently. (Credit: YouTube)

A 7-year-old girl in the United States has stunned everyone by winning a national-level handwriting competition despite being born with no hands. Anaya Ellick, who does not use prosthesis, won the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship recently.

In order to be eligible to participate in the contest, “a student must have a cognitive delay; or an intellectual, physical or developmental disability”, Zaner-Bloser, the educational company that gives out the award said in a statement, according to ABC news. A team of occupational therapists judge the entries for the competition. There were about 50 entries this year, a spokesman from Zaner-Bloser told NPR.

Although little Anaya’s arms end in tapered wrists instead of hands, she managed to impress the judges by forming neat and clear letters. The first-grader is said to be developmentally normal in every other aspect, according to a report published in The Virginian-Pilot.

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