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Handless 7-year-old wins national handwriting competition

Handless 7-year-old wins national handwriting competition

When Anaya Ellick first applied to attend Greenbrier Christian Academy in Chesapeake, Va. this year, the school's superintendent, Ron White, wasn't sure it could meet her needs. In order to write, Anaya stands while holding the pencil between both her arms, until she can to get the right angle to start at on the paper. "She does not let anything get in the way of doing what she has set out to do", says GCA principal Tracy Cox.

The award is part of the 2016 National Handwriting Competition, sponsored by Zaner-Bloser.

This category rewards students with an intellectual, physical, or developmental disability. It was Cox's idea for Anaya to enter the handwriting competition.

"[We] said, 'Alright, are we going to be able to meet her needs?'" Cox said.

Anaya was born without hands and does not use prosthetics. "Life is tough and we are going to be faced with challenges but when you really apply yourself and have that determination she shows awesome things can happen".

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At the time of Annie's win, her mother Mary Ellen Clark, told the Associated Press that she hoped the award would convince the young girl that she truly could do anything.

This 7-year-old was born without hands, but she has a can-do attitude and stu-pen-dous writing skills.

CHESAPEAKE, Virginia- People may look at Anaya Ellick and see a child who'll have a lifetime of challenges.

Even at home Anaya is as independent as can be, according to her parents Bianca Middleton and Gary Ellick. She received $1,000 and a large trophy.

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