7-Year-Old Girl Wins National Handwriting Competition – Without Hands!


Anaya Ellick

Not only does Anaya Ellick have some of the neatest handwriting in her class according to her school’s principal, Anaya’s handwriting is some of the best in the country. The 7-year-old first grader at Greenbrier Christian Academy in Chesapeake, Virginia, recently won the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship – handless.

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“We looked at her writing and were just stunned to see how well her handwriting was, considering she writes without hands,” Kathleen Wright, director  of the National Handwriting Contest sponsored by education company Zaner-Bloser, told ABC News. Wright added, “Her writing sample was comparable to someone who had hands.”