Sara Hinesley: Girl born without hands wins handwriting competition

Sara Hinesley: Girl born without hands wins handwriting competition

10-year-old Sara Hinsley has shown the world the true meaning of ‘Nothing is Impossible’ by winning the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest despite her impediment.

Parents and educators have been worrying about the “dying art” of handwriting for years, as smartphones and laptops have led some classrooms to spend less and less time on teaching the fine art of writing in cursive.

Sarah Hinsley

Sara Hinesley, a third-grade student in Frederick, Md., though born without hands, finds writing cursive “kind of easy”, using her cursive skills to win a national handwriting competition. It’s an impressive feat made even more impressive by the fact that she is handicapped.

Hinesley, who writes by holding her pencil between the ends of her arms, was trained in the fine art of penmanship by her teacher and quickly learned to love writing. “She can do just about anything — oftentimes better than me or my husband,” her mother, Cathryn Hinesley, told CNN.

She entered the 2019 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest, and the judges were so impressed with her perfect penmanship that she won the Nicholas Maxim Award, which is given to an entrant with physical impediment, developmental, or intellectual disability. The award comes with a trophy and $500 in prize money as well as $500 in educational materials for her school.

While Hinesley reportedly hasn’t decided what she wants to do with her $500 in prize money, she does hope to inspire other children “who have challenges,” reminding them that in her experience, “if you try your hardest you can do it.”

Sara Hinesley: Girl born without hands wins handwriting competition

Meanwhile, Sara Hinsley migrated to the United States from China four years ago. She came into the country without any knowledge of the English language, but she managed to pick the language up real quick with the help of her sister Veronica. Her sister has always managed to push her into doing things that normally would require both hands. Sara just puts her mind into it and tries her hardest to achieve it, even it means failing. You can never find her saying ‘no, I can’t’. And this is a 10-year-old we’re talking about.

In an interview with CBS Baltimore, Sara shared, “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. Things I can’t do, I try to figure out what way I can do it, and try my best to make it work.”

Sara was recognized for her amazing cursive handwriting, given her physical disability. And much of her achievement can be attributed to her willingness to succeed and her sister’s undying motivation. Despite her handicap, she has managed to break barriers like never before by not limiting her capabilities. She focused on the goal to be achieved rather than circling around the obstacle in her life. It shows us that there are no limits to what we can achieve in life.


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