7-year-old girl born without hands Annie Clark wins Penmanship Award in National Handwriting Contest (Video)

By on Apr 20, 2012 in Education, Lifestyle, Parenting, United States Comments

Annie Clark, a 7-year-old girl who was born without hands won the 2012 Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellent Penmanship on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 in Ohio, as shown in the video below.

Annie Clark, 7-year-old girl born without hands
Image Credit: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review video

As announced by contest sponsor Zaner-Bloser on its official website that day, Annie Clark, a first grade student at Wilson Christian Academy in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania was declared winner for the manuscript category, as part of its 21st Annual National Handwriting Contest.

On the other hand, the cursive winner was Remiel Colwill, is a fifth grade student at St. Mary Magdalene School in Eastlake, Ohio, who has a visual impairment, with both winners receiving $1,000 each and a trophy.

According to the report, the Nicholas Maxim Award was created last year in response to a unique entry from a talented young writer, Nicholas Maxim, a fifth grade Maine student who born without hands or lower arms.

“When our team saw Nicholas‘ penmanship, we were just amazed,” Zaner-Bloser President Bob Page was quoted at Zaner-Bloser.com, with the said contest applicable to young students that have a cognitive delay, or an intellectual, physical, or developmental disability.

“Since we started this contest 21 years ago, we’ve been pleased to get a great response that increases every year, and Nicholas inspired us to encourage all students to participate.” Mr. Page added, noting that this year’s contest attracted more than 325,000 students.

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.” Tom Clark, Annie‘s father, was quoted telling to Post-Gazette.com.

As noted in the report, Annie is one of the six children from China adopted by Tom and his wife Mary Ellen, with the couple also having three biological children namely: Amanda, 29, Amy, 25, and Abbey, 21, who was born with Down syndrome.

Report about a 7-year-old girl Annie Clark, who was born without hands but won
the 2012 Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellent Penmanship

Video Credit: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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