A Virginia first-grader from Greenbrier Christian Academy, born without hands, has won a prize for penmanship, and left the world speechless.
Anaya Ellick, 7, does not use prosthetics but instead holds the pencil between her arms and stands up to write to get the right angle on the paper.
Her hard work and perseverance paid off as she received the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship.
The handwriting contest is held on an annual basis by Zaner-Bloser, a group that works toward promoting legible handwriting.
"Out of this world, people always say, 'Oh my gosh she is beyond her years how she speaks, everything that she does,'" Anaya's mother, Bianca Middleton told a reporter from 13NewsNow.
Reporter Kristina Zverjako tweeted:
Middleton also stated that the little girl does all her work on her own, including getting dressed and tying her shoes, and doesn’t use anyone's assistance in her daily chores.
Anaya’s first grade teacher Joan Stalnaker is impressed by her student's performance.
"It was the first time that I have ever had a student like this, but I was very shocked at everything she can do from cutting to gluing, to writing," she said.
The little girl’s school principal also had some kind words for her.
"Anaya is a remarkable young lady. She does not let anything get in the way of doing what she has set out to do," Tracy Cox said. "She is a hard worker and has some of the best handwriting in her class.”
Anaya surely seems to be many people’s favorite and is an inspiration for all children, teaching them a lesson that no disability can stop one from doing what they truly want to do.
Banner/thumbnail credit: Reuters