Looking at her handwriting manuscript, it is difficult to believe that young Anaya Ellick wrote these without hands. A lot of people with both hands do not even write as beautiful as she does.
Anaya Ellick, a beautiful 7-year-old girl from Virginia won a national handwriting competition, only she had no hands and fingers that make writing easy for others. She beat 50 competitors to come out top of the competition.
Rather than use prosthetic hands, she thought herself a different way to write. She writes while holding her pencil with both arms, leaning forward on her desk for a better angle.
Anaya Ellick’s principal of the Greenbrier Christian Academy in Chesapeake, Tracy Cox, told ABC News about the diligence of the seven-year old. The principal whose idea it was to enter Anaya into the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship said, “there is truly very little that this girl cannot do.
“She is a hard worker. She is determined. She is independent.” principal Cox also added that Anaya is “a vivacious and a no-excuses type of young lady.’
The National Handwriting Contest is an annual event sponsored by Zaner-Bloser to promote legible handwriting. Anaya Ellick participated in the Special Needs category which allows students with cognitive delays, intellectual, physical, or developmental disabilities to participate.
Anaya’s independent excellence is also clear at home. Her parents, Bianca and Gary who are evidently proud of her said she does tie her shoes herself, she even gets ready by herself and always tries to do things before asking for help, if she needs any.