Sometimes anything is possible. A seven-year-old girl born without hands has won a penmanship award and a $1,000 prize for being able to write by manipulating a pencil between her forearms, the Associated Press reported.
Zaner-Bloser Inc., a company that publishes language arts and reading textbooks, honored Clark with the Nicholas Maxim Award on Wednesday.
The award is named after a fifth-grader without hands or lower arms who impressed judges so much in last year's contest that they established a category for students with disabilities.
Clark has learned to write, paint, draw and color over the years. She can carry out intricate tasks like painting her toe nails and opening a can of soda, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Clark had won top penmanship awards in her school before being entered into the national competition. It was only when organizers found out about her disability that they considered her for the disability category as well.
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At a time where schools are abandoning handwriting programs for keyboard skills, Clark's school continues to put special emphasis on penmanship and good handwriting, officials at the Wilson Christian Academy told the Pittsburgh-Post-Gazette. All students in the school were encouraged to enter the first round of the Zaner-Bloser competition, which was judged by the school staff.
The girl's parents have nine- children in total, 3 biological and six adopted from China, which includes Annie, the AP reported. Four of Clark's siblings have disabilities, including one biological daughter who suffers from Down syndrome.
Speaking about Annie, her father, Tom Clark says his daughter is an amazing girl. It's a shame because society places so many rules on how people should look, but the minds of these kids are phenomenal, he told the AP.