April 25, 2012
Girl with No Hands Wins Penmanship Contest
Annie Clark was born with no hands and writes with a pencil propped between her arms. A publishing company rewarded her for best penmanship with $1,000 and a trophy. Another student who also won the honor is sight impaired.
Annie was given the reward when her school had a surprise assembly. Annie was quiet and taken aback by the honor. At first, she exited the assembly because she thought she couldn’t skip math class.
"Annie has always been very, very determined, very self-sufficient in dressing herself and feeding herself," Tom Clark, Annie’s father, stated. "She can ride a bike. She swims. She is just determined that there's nothing she can't do."
The Clark family has other children with physical/mental challenges. They believe that through their children God teaches them the importance of all humans. They also feel that while some support systems look at physical/mental challenges as hardships, they look at all their children as blessings being practicing Christians.
Annie’s independence: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-south/first-grader-without-hands-wins-award-for-writing-632011/?p=0