Handless 7-Year-Old Wins National Handwriting Competition

PHOTO: Virginia first-grader Anaya Ellick, 7, beat out 50 other contestants to win the 2016 the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship.
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WATCH Girl Born With No Hands Awarded Penmanship Prize

Virginia first grader Anaya Ellick, 7, has such good handwriting, she beat out 50 other youngsters from around the country to win a national handwriting contest.

If that's not impressive enough, Little Anaya was born without hands.

"There is truly very little that this girl cannot do," principal Tracy Cox of Greenbrier Christian Academy in Chesapeake told ABC News, noting it was her idea to have Anaya enter the competition, which is open to students in kindergarten to eighth grade.

PHOTO: Virginia first-grader Anaya Ellick, 7, beat out 50 other contestants to win the 2016 the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship.
Courtesy Greenbrier Christian Academy
Virginia first-grader Anaya Ellick, 7, beat out 50 other contestants to win the 2016 the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship.

Anaya uses her forearms to write, opting to forgo prostheses.

"She is a hard worker," Cox said. "She is determined. She is independent. She is a vivacious and a no-excuses type of young lady."

Anaya's 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.

PHOTO: This is Anaya Ellicks winning entry in the 2016 Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship. Courtesy Greenbrier Christian Academy
This is Anaya Ellick's winning entry in the 2016 Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship.

"We looked at her writing and were just stunned to see how well her handwriting was, considering she writes without hands," competition director Kathleen Wright told ABC News. "Her writing sample was comparable to someone who had hands."

Cox said, "She truly has some of the neatest hardworking in her class.”

Anaya's peers treat her no differently than other students, and she keeps up with them, Greenbrier founder and superintendent Ron H. White told ABC News.

"I don't think Anaya thinks of it as an obstacle," he said.

PHOTO: Virginia first-grader Anaya Ellick, 7, beat out 50 other contestants to win the 2016 the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship.
Courtesy Greenbrier Christian Academy
Virginia first-grader Anaya Ellick, 7, beat out 50 other contestants to win the 2016 the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship.

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