Year One Student With No Hands Wins US Handwriting Award

This is Annie Clark. She's only seven and sadly she was born without hands. But that doesn't seem to pose much of a problem for her, because she's just won a national penmanship award. A handwriting award. Without hands.

Annie managed to write her way to victory in the content that was held at Wilson Christian Academy in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, snagging herself a trophy and $US1000 as one of two national winners in her category, reports the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

What's really interesting here is how she writes. She wedges a pencil between her arms -- the same way she feeds herself and even paints her toenails -- and somehow has enough dexterity to write. That requires some very fine muscle movement in her arms in order to create characters on the page.

[Pittsburgh Post Gazette]

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