This 1st Grader Born Without Hands Just Won A National Handwriting Competition!

Seven-year-old Anaya Ellick is my shero.

By Jazzi Johnson

Anaya Ellick has perfect handwriting. She was also born without hands, and doesn't use prosthetics.

The seven-year-old first grader from Chesapeake, Virginia beat out 300,000 other students for the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship top spot!

Anaya perfects her writing one letter at a time. Gripping the pencil with her two arms, she stands at her desk, slightly above the tabletop for the perfect angle to write.

"You look at this little girl who was born without hands who has some of the neatest handwriting in her class," said her Principal, Tracy Cox of Greenbrier Christian Academy. "[She] can do so much on her own independently-- that just removes excuses from our lives of things that we think we can't do."

"It was the first time that I have ever had a student like this," said her teacher Joan Stalnaker. "But I was very shocked at everything she can do, from cutting to gluing to writing."

And there's no question where Anaya gets her strength and determination.

"It may be different, it may be hard, the road may be long, but she will persevere," Anaya's mom, Bianca Middletontold the WVEC news station. She helps teach me things I take for granted everyday. I look at her like, 'Wow-- shes not complaining, she never compains.'" 

Watch the video below to meet Anaya, her mother and father, and to learn their big plans for the future!

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