10-year-old Anaya Ellick was born without hands. But she wouldn’t allow her disability to determine her personality.
In 2018, she participated at the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest, under a special needs category and won the penmanship prize for her flawless cursive writing.
Zaner-Bloser is an Ohio-based company that publishes research-based handwriting, reading, writing, spelling and vocabulary programs.
Each year, they hosts a “National Handwriting Contest” for youth across the U.S.
Before winning the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest, Ellick who doesn’t use prosthetics had stunned the nation when at the age of seven as a first grader, won the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship.
She has been inspiring to all as two national honors winner for her astonishingly extraordinary writing skills. “Anaya is a role model to everyone,” Sara Cannaday, a third grade teacher said.
Ellick taught herself how to write by holding the pencil between her two lower arms and remaining at her desk area to get the ideal angle for her to write easily according to Steemit.
Her parents likewise uncovered that Ellick showed herself how to write, learned to tie her shoes, prepared herself for school and endeavored to do things herself even before requesting help.
“It wasn’t really hard,” she told WTKR. “I was happy and I thought my mom was joking when she said I won again.”
For winning the contest, the young princess gets $1,000 and a trophy, according to Zaner-Bloser’s website. Her school also won, as the company awarded it a gift certificate to be spent on print and digital resources for students and teachers.
“Anaya is a role model to everyone,” Sara Cannaday, a third grade teacher said.
Her parents are feel really good, mother Bianca said, “I’m proud because it encourages her… For her to see that hard work does pay off,” Middleton said.
“She’s really independent—from tying shoes, putting clothes, getting baths,” Gary Ellick, Anaya’s father said. “It was always like ‘I can do it’. So, that just carried on over the years.” Anaya might be considering venturing into sports she told WTKR.