Outstanding! How 9-Year-Old Girl Born Without Arms Won a National Award For Writing

9-year-old Anaya Ellick who was born without hands and doesn’t use prosthetic hands, has been honoured with two national awards in the Unites States for her exceptional skill in writing.

The achievement of the brilliant school girl who is a third-grader in Chesapeake area of Virginia, United States, is remarkable because she has found a way to be the best at writing despite the fact that she was born without hands.

The star kid was named the winner of the 2018 Nicholas Maxim Award, part of the 2018 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest, last month. The award recognizes students with special-needs who have developed an exceptional skill in handwriting.

Two years ago, she made headlines across the world when she was named a winner in the contest’s print category.

It was gathered that the youngster who doesn’t use prosthetic hands, learned how to hold a pencil between her arms to draw and write.

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I’m proud because it encourages her … for her to see that hard work does pay off,” Anaya’s mother, Bianca Middleton told WTKR.

Anaya’s dad, Gary Ellick also said that Anaya had always been independent.

“It was always like ‘I can do it.’ So, that just carried on over the years,” he said.

Anaya was honored at a school assembly Wednesday, and the school shared photos of her with her new trophy and examples of her writing.

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Here is how her school reported her achievement on social media;

”Greenbrier Christian Academy is proud to announce third grader Anaya Ellick has won the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Cursive! Anaya previously won the Nicholas Maxim Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship as a first grader in 2016 and has claimed the title again with her outstanding cursive writing.

What makes Anaya’s achievement as a National Handwriting Champion so special is Anaya was born without hands and does not use prosthetics.

In order to write, she is able to hold a pencil between her two arms and stand at her desk to get the proper angle needed for writing.

Anaya is an extraordinary young lady. Her tenacity continues to inspire all of us at GCA,” said Anaya’s Foundations Academy Principal, Tracy Cox.

Anaya’s well-earned first place finish reminds us all what determination and hard work can achieve. We are so proud of Anaya and her accomplishments.

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During our Foundations Academy Chapel, Anaya’s teacher, Mrs. Becky Cannaday, shared a message on our character trait of the month, boldness, and on the importance of letting your light shine for God’s glory.

Mrs. Cannaday encouraged students to be bold and reminded our Gators that boldness does not always mean being front and center, but can also be shown by humbly standing alone in doing the right thing, even when everyone else is not.

Mrs. Cannaday went on challenge students to respectfully love others and to not be fooled by the world into acting in ways that do not glorify God.

After Mrs. Cannaday’s message, representatives from Zaner-Bloser presented Anaya with a monetary award and trophy. The National Handwriting Contest is an annual event sponsored by Zaner-Bloser to promote legible handwriting.

Congratulations to Anaya on her achievement! Anaya, you inspire us all!”

Greenbrier Christian Academy is proud to announce third grader Anaya Ellick has won the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for…

Posted by Greenbrier Christian Academy on Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Impressive… congratulations Anaya!

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