Seven-year-old Anaya Ellick from Chesapeake, Virginia, has such good handwriting, she beat out 50 other youngsters from around the US 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 said, noting it was her idea to have Anaya enter the competition, which is open to students in kindergarten to eighth grade.
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.
"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 said. "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 said.
"I don't think Anaya thinks of it as an obstacle," he said.