7-Year-Old Girl Born Without Hands, Annie Clark wins Penmanship Award (Video)

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a 7-year-old Pennsylvania girl who was born without hands received a national handwriting award this week. The girl, who is a first-grader, also received a trophy and $1,000 during a surprise assembly at her school, according to the Post-Gazette story.

Zaner-Bloser Inc. recognized 7-year-old Annie Clark at Wilson Christian Academy in West Mifflin on Wednesday.

Annie Clark wins Penmanship Award

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After the ceremony, Clark demonstrated her ability to write by manipulating a pencil between her forearms.

The girl’s parents, Tom and Mary Ellen Clark, have nine children — three biological and six adopted from China, including Annie. They say the girl uses a similar method to feed and dress herself and to paint her toenails.

Clark is the first winner of an award named for Nicholas Maxim. Nicholas was a Maine fifth-grader born without hands or lower arms who entered the company’s penmanship contest last year.


Video Credit: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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