Sunday, April 22, 2012

Pittsburgh First Grader With No Hands Wins Penmanship Award

Last Wednesday, Annie Clark,   a Pittsburgh first grader born without hands won a penmanship award and a $1,000 dollar prize for her handwriting skills! The seven year old won the first Nicholas Maxim Award from educational publishing house, Zaner-Bloser Inc, which is given to disabled children with exceptional handwriting skills. Annie attends Wilson Christian Academy in West Mifflin where a ceremony was held for her award.

Her father, Tom, was interviewed by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and said, "She can ride a bike. She can swim. She is just determined that there is nothing she can't do." Her parents, Tom and Ellen Clark, have nine children: three biological children and six adopted children from China, one of which is Annie.  Four of the adopted children have disabilities, which Ellen says didn't happen by choice, rather by God's will.  

It's refreshing to see such a positive story in the news, especially one originated in Pittsburgh! This is such encouragement for everyone because it really shows that anyone can truly do anything, no matter what their circumstances are.   

Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Post Gazette

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