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Amazing and adorable: Girl with no hands wins Penmanship Award

Annie Clark shows how she writes

Amazing and adorable: Girl with no hands wins Penmanship Award

Submitted By B. Watkin

     If you want to hear a story that will inspire you and perhaps even make you cry, please keep on reading. An adorable seven-year-old girl from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who was born without hands, has won a penmanship award at her school.

    Annie Clark, a first grader, at Wilson Christian Academy in West Mifflin, Pa., won a trophy and $1,000 dollars from Zaner-Bloser Inc., a company that publishes textbooks. Annie writes by holding a pencil between her arms and feeds her-self the same way. For the little girl, this is natural, since this is the only way she knows how to get things done.

    The Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellent Penmanship was created to honor Nicholas Maxim, a Maine fifth-grader, who was born without hands or lower arms and entered the company’s penmanship contest last year.

    His work so impressed the judges that they created a new category for students with disabilities in his name. Annie was the first recipient of the award.

    Annie accepted the prize on her school’s basketball court to the cheers of the students and faculty.

    She wore all yellow in honor of the schools colors. After accepting the large trophy, which she held comfortably between her arms, she showed the crowd how she held a pencil between her forearms.

 

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