7-year-old with no hands enters handwriting competition, her submission leaves judges amazed.

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7-year-old with no hands enters handwriting competition, her submission leaves judges amazed.

Anaya Ellick is like many other kids in Chesapeake, Virginia. She goes to school, where she studies hard and plays with her friends. She was born without hands for reasons her doctors couldn’t discover, but that doesn’t stop her.

Her can-do attitude paid off last year, when she won a national handwriting contest held by educational company Zaner-Bloser. Holding a pencil between her wrists, the Greenbrier Christian Academy student filled out a worksheet with neat block letters.

Contest director Kathleen Wright told NPR the judges were “just stunned” by Anaya’s writing. “Her writing sample was comparable to someone who had hands,” she said.

Anaya has been demonstrating her unwavering commitment to learning and mastery since she was a baby. She learned how to draw by balancing a crayon or marker between her arms, and stopped using her prosthetics by the age of 5, finding that they slowed her down.

Looking past handwriting, Anaya told the Virginian-Pilot that she wants to try karate next. Watch her story below, and be inspired by her positive attitude and absolute determination…

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