Girl Born Without Hands Wins National Handwriting Contest

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 24, 2019

Sara Hinesley, 10, doesn't understand why it's so remarkable that she won a national handwriting competition.

"I have never heard this little girl say, 'I can't, '" Cheryl Churilla, her third-grade teacher, told the Washington Post.

Sara Hinesley, who lives in Frederick, Maryland, won the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest, which recognized her excellence in cursive.

"I think it's kind of hard - well sometimes easy and sometimes kind of hard - cause you don't really remember all the letters to write", she told the station.

'It's pretty awesome given the physical disability she has, ' said principal Karen Smith. "She tackles absolutely everything you can throw at her, and she gives it her best".

"She has this independent streak where she just knows that she can do it and she'll figure out her own way", Hinesley said.

A sample of Sara Hinesley's handwriting.

Hinesley was born in China and adopted four years ago by an American family, according to GMA. When she arrived in July 2015, her mother said, she could speak and write in Mandarin. She then picked up English with the help of her sister, Veronica.

Sara has never let any perceived limitation slow her down. 'I like to play, I like to watch TV, ' she explained to WJZ.

"She was an example to everybody in the whole entire school". "Every day I'm amazed at the things she is able to do and that she chooses to do. She doesn't try to find her way to avoid an obstacle, she finds a way to complete the task". News of Sara's national award was not a surprise. "Everybody thought so highly of that little girl, and we're so proud of her, I'm so proud of her", Burke added. She is the first student from St. John's to ever receive the Nicholas Maxim award, Principal Kathy Smith said. The award also comes with a $500 prize.

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