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Girls With No Hands Wins National Handwriting Competition

Written by on April 24, 2019

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Girls With No Hands Wins National Handwriting Competition

A 10-year-old girl born without hands has been crowned the winner of a prestigious handwriting competition in the United States.

Sara Hinesley, from Maryland, won the Nicholas Maxim Award in the 2019 ZanerBloser National Handwriting Contest for her entry in the cursive handwriting category.

The prize is awarded to those with intellectual or physical disabilities and is adjudged by a team of occupational therapists.

Thanks to her win, she has taken home a trophy and $500 in prize money plus a further $500 in teaching supplies for her school. She learned how write by grabbing the pencil with both hands, becoming particularly adept at cursive writing.

“Cursive is round and it’s trying to connect [letters] so it’s art,” she told Good Morning America. She regularly receives top marks as a student of the St. John Regional Catholic School in Frederick and dedicates much of her time improving her writing.

“I think’s it’s kind of hard — well sometimes easy and sometimes kind of hard — cause you don’t really remember all the letters to write,” Sara said.

“The things I can’t do, I try to figure out the ways I can do it and try my best to make it work.” “I just try my hardest and put my mind to it and this is what happens,” Sara said.

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