Born without hands, it is amazing to discover that 9-year-old Anaya has the most beautiful handwriting ever. The third grader who doesn’t use prosthetics recently won the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship for the second time. The national Handwriting Contest is an annual event that is sponsored by Zaner-Bloser to promote legible handwriting.

Anaya was born in 2009, in Virginia to Bianca and Gary who were shocked and worried about her impairment but later became confident that she would overcome this challenge. She taught herself how to write rather than learn how to prosthetics by holding the pencil between her two forearms and standing at her desk to get the perfect angle for her to write comfortably. Her parents also revealed that Anaya not only taught herself how to write but learnt to tie her shoes, prepare herself ready for school and attempted to do things herself even before asking for help.

Tracy Cox, Anaya’s principal at Greenbrier Christian Academy described her as a remarkable, hardworking and persistent young lady

Anaya is a remarkable young lady. She does not let anything get in the way of doing what she has set out to do. She is a hard worker and has some of the best handwriting in her class. Cox said.

Anaya who accepted the award Wednesday for her penmanship skilled described her feeling as shocked, happy and surprised.

“I was happy, and I thought my mom was joking when she said I won again,” Anaya said

The Nicholas Maxim Award is designed for students with cognitive delay, developmental, intellectual and physical disability and it has been on for over 30 years, receiving outstanding penmanship among students. The contest is open to all students in grades K through 8 and awards excellence at the state and national level.

Watch Anaya’s inspiring video below.





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