Girl with no hands wins penmanship contest

Holding the pencil between her wrists, first-grader Anaya Ellick formed neat letters, earning her the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship.

“When she wanted to draw, she learned how to balance a crayon or marker between her arms,” the Pilot wrote. “By the time she was 5, she stopped using prosthetics.” Her mother, Bianca Middleton, said they were “slowing her down more than helping.”