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Girl born without hands triumphs at penmanship competition

Annie Clark, 7, from McKeesport, Pennsylvania is one hard-working, persistent little girl. Annie was born without hands and has learned to use her arms to write, get dressed, cut using scissors, paint her toe nails, and play Battleship.

Persistent Annie Clark wins award. Photo via Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Annie’s father, Tom Clark, told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, “Annie has always been very, very determined, very self-sufficient in dressing herself and feeding herself. She can ride a bike. She swims. She is just determined that there’s nothing she can’t do.”

This amazing little girl’s work paid off this week when she was awarded the Nicholas Maxim Award, a penmanship award for students with disabilities. The Nicholas Maxim Award was established by the educational publishing company Zaner-Bloser after another disabled student who entered Zaner-Bloser’s national competition last year. Nicholas Maxim, a fifth grader from Maine born without hands or lower arms, competed in Zaner-Bloser’s competition last year.

Zaner-Bloser surprised Annie with a ceremony at her school, Wilson Christian Academy in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania. A slightly overwhelmed Annie walked in front of a delighted crowd to accept her award. She received a trophy and $1000.

The enterprising little girl has big plans for the future.  She plans to become an author and write books about animals.

Both of Annie’s parents, Tom and Mary Ellen Clark, are over the moon about their daughter’s accomplishment. Mary Ellen told that Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that she hopes this award further inspires Annie.

She said, “I hope this just encourages her that she can do anything.”

Sources: Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review