A 10 year-old girl from Maryland just proved nothing is impossible when you put your mind to it after she won the National handwriting contest, even though she doesn’t have hands!
Sara Hinesley is the recent winner of the Nicholas Maxim Award in the 2019 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest!
The young girl who was born with no hands, has never let this discourage her from achieving anything that she puts her mind to. “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. I just try my hardest and put my mind to it and this is what happens.” Sara said.
Sara is a third grade student who excels at her classes at the St. John Regional Catholic School. She does not let her disability keep her away from things her peers do for fun. “I like to play, I like to watch TV,” said Sara, who also said she likes spending time with her sister Veronica.
Sara was born in China and was adopted by American parents when she was 6 years old. She moved to America just four years ago.
Sara’s mother, Cathryn Hinesley, said, “Sara’s a very independent girl. She is very strategic in her thinking and she just figures out a way to complete every task.”
The family considered getting prosthetic hands for Sara but decided she is doing fine without them. “She is so amazing and functional without prosthetics that really there is not a need. She can do just about anything, often times better than me or my husband.” Sara’s mom said.
“I have never heard this little girl say, ‘I can’t’. She’s a little rock star. She tackles absolutely everything you can throw at her, and she gives it her best.” Sara’s teacher, Cheryl Churilla, added.
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.
Sara is due to be given her award on June 13.