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Third-grader born with no hands just won an award for cursive writing

By Scott Berson, Miami Herald

A Chesapeake, Virginia, third-grader has won two national awards for her exceptional skill in handwriting. That’s pretty remarkable on its own — except there’s also the fact she was born without hands.

On April 26, 9-year-old Anaya Ellick was named the winner of the 2018 Nicholas Maxim Award, part of the 2018 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest. The award recognizes special-needs students who develop a mastery over handwriting.

Ellick was born without hands on either arm and does not use prosthetics, according to a news release from the contest. Instead, she has learned to hold a pencil between her arms to draw and write.

Two years ago, she made headlines across the world when she was named a winner in the contest’s print category. For 2018, she won again for her mastery of cursive script.



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