Anaya Ellick doesn’t let anything stop her from doing the things she enjoys.
“I just like writing in cursive,” the 9-year-old told CBN News. “If I’m sad and I draw it makes me
Born without hands, the third grader, who attends Greenbrier Christian Academy, uses her forearms
Her mother Bianca Middleton says the family decided against the use of a prosthesis.
“They actually started to hinder her rather than help her,” said Middleton. She didn’t want them
In a time with mainly computer keyboards and no emphasis on writing or spelling, teachers
Sara Cannady is Anaya’s teacher.
“Research has shown that the part of the brain that does writing is closely related to children
School officials recently entered Anaya in a national cursive writing competition.
Anaya’s work went under a category for students with cognitive delays, intellectual, physical
Facing stiff competition and strict guidelines, the little girl with no hands came out on top.
Teachers and contest organizers say Anaya’s handwriting skills are absolutely amazing.
“The people that judge the contest do it on the keys of legibility, which is the size, the shape,
“She won for a manuscript when she was in first grade so we were excited to be able to enter
“And just to see that it’s continued and it’s beautiful. I mean it really is some of the best handwriting
Others, including Anaya’s family members, are also impressed.
“It’s amazing to watch and it’s also motivating to like when I hit spaces, you know I’m like oh this
“The biggest thing Anaya has taught our class is that there are no excuses,” said Cannaday.
And how does Anaya feel about taking home an even bigger trophy this year?
“Proud,” she commented.