perseverance: Anaya Ellick

What if you write kid’s chapter books?  Do you like to encourage good character such as perseverance? Personally, I think perseverance is the key to success. For example, little eight year-old Anaya Ellick feels the same way because  She’s a great example of someone who believes in perseverance because she was born without hands. She doesn’t use prosthetics. But guess what she did? She won a handwriting contest. Isn’t that remarkable? Her penmanship is nearly perfect. If you’d like to see her contest entry, please visit this link: I hope you stop by to see Anaya’s pictures and her beautiful handwriting.

I bet you’re wondering how Anaya writes without using hands. She has learned to perfectly balance the pencil between her wrists.

“We looked at her writing and were just stunned to see how well her handwriting was, considering she writes without hands. Her writing sample was comparable to someone who has hands,” competition director Kathleen Wright told ABC News.

Anaya is a student at the Greenbrier Christian Academy. Here’s what she wrote for the contest:

“The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.” It uses every letter in the alphabet.
“She definitely is one determined little girl,” Anaya’s first-grade teacher, Joan Stalnaker, told The Virginian-Pilot.”

The school principal added her thoughts on Anaya’s incredible award.
“She definitely is one determined little girl,” Anaya’s first-grade teacher, Joan Stalnaker, told The Virginian-Pilot.

The principal went on to say:
“She is a hard worker. She is determined. She is independent. She is vivacious and a no-excuses type of young lady.”

Anaya should be applauded for her hard work and persistence. Also, I give kudos to her parents for instilling a positive, never say die attitude in their daughter. I think she’ll have a bright future because of this.

Don’t you think Anaya is the perfect example of a child with big goals and dreams? I  surely do. In my opinion, she’ll do wonderful, amazing things. I can’t wait to see what happens next. Go Anaya!

copyright 2016: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne






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