10-Year-Old Girl Wins National Handwriting Contest Even Though She Was Born Without Hands

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

A 10-year-old girl in Maryland just won a national handwriting contest. Her achievement is made all the more impressive by the fact that she was born without hands.

Sara Hinesley attends St. John Regional Catholic School in Frederick, Maryland. She recently won the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest for her skills in writing cursive. On her last day of class in June, she’ll receive a trophy.

“I think it’s kind of hard — well sometimes easy and sometimes hard — ’cause you don’t really remember all the letters to write,” Sara told CBS Baltimore.

But the occasional difficulty has never stopped her.

“The things I can’t do, I try to figure out the ways I can do it and try my best to make it work,” she said.

In addition to her awesome handwriting skills, Sara also enjoys making art, playing, and watching TV. She has a supportive family, too — her sister, Veronica, built an artificial hand for Sara so they could play together. The two even go rock climbing together.

“Anytime I fail, I just keep doing it with Veronica cheering me on — I can always get to the top,” Sara said.

And that’s the same attitude she takes to her handwriting and other academic work!

“I just try my hardest and put my mind to it and this is what happens,” Sara explained.

Watch the video to see this incredible little girl in action!

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