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

By Katherine Stone |


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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Katherine Stone is the founder of the most widely-read blog in the world on postpartum depression, Postpartum Progress. She writes about parenting and maternal child health on Babble Voices and Babble Cares, as well as at Huffington Post Parents. Katherine is a mom of two and lives in Atlanta. Follow her on Twitter at @postpartumprog. Read bio and latest posts → Read Katherine's latest posts →

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One thought on “7-Year-Old Girl Without Hands Wins National Penmanship Award

  1. victoria neri says:

    I love this story. I’m so proud of you Annie

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