Sara Hinesley writes by holding a pen or pencil between her arms, and likens writing in a cursive, joined-up style to art.

Sara Hinesley writes by holding a pen or pencil between her arms. Pic: WJZ

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A 10-year-old girl who was born without hands has won a handwriting competition in the US.

Sara Hinesley, a pupil at St. John’s Regional Catholic School in Frederick, Maryland, won the Nicholas Maxim award in the Zaner-Bloser national handwriting contest.

The award is for pupils with special needs, and judges take into account “cognitive, intellectual, physical, and/or developmental disability”.

Sara arrived in the US four years ago, from her native China, after being adopted by the Hinesley family.

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