10-year-old born with no hands just won a national handwriting competition


BALTIMORE, Md. (WRIC) — A 10-year-old girl born with no hands won a national handwriting competition.

Sara Hinesley is a third grader at St. John’s Regional Catholic School in Fredrick, Maryland.

Her cursive writing recently won her a national contest. Sara holds her pencil between the ends of her arms to be able to write.

Hinesley won the Nicholas Maxim Award in the 2019 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest.

The award is given to a student with a cognitive delay or an intellectual, physical or developmental disability.

The 10-year-old said she hasn’t yet decided what she’ll do with the $500 prize. 

Sara said she hopes other children with disabilities will be inspired by her story.

“I felt proud and hope others who have challenges learn from me, that if you try your hardest you can do it,” Sara said.

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