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7-Year-Old Girl Without Hands Wins National Penmanship Award


Annie Clark shows off her writing skills.

Talk about not letting anything hold you back. Seven-year-old Annie Clark was born without hands, but that didn’t stop her from winning the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellent Penmanship.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Clark writes by, “… wedging a pencil between her arms, the same way she feeds herself and even paints her toenails.”

The first-grader was surprised at Wilson Christian Academy this week when it was announced that she had won. She was given a trophy and a check for $1,000 from the textbook publishing company and contest sponsor Zaner-Bloser.

The handwriting contest has been held for 21 years, but this is the first year a category was created for students with disabilities. It was named after Nicholas Maxim, a fifth-grader from Maine who Yahoo! News reports was, “… born without hands or lower arms, applied to the general contest last year and impressed judges with his penmanship skills.”

Here is Clark’s award-winning handwriting:


Photo credits: Pittsburgh Live, Zaner-Bloser

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