Earlier this year, a little Sarah Hinesley won the Nicholas Maxim Award in the 2019 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest. What’s particularly inspiring about her story is that Sarah was born without hands.
Little Sara’s Determination
Sara Hinesley, a 10-year-old girl from Maryland, has stunned America by proving that anything is possible when you are determined, dedicated, and passionate about achieving the things you set your 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 Hinesley’s Background
Sara was adopted from China when she was six years old, speaking only Mandarin and at an added disadvantage because of her disability. She is now in third-grade at St. John Regional Catholic School – and she is thriving!
She has excelled in her class despite her disability and has not allowed the fact that she has no hands to hinder her from doing the normal things that every kid does.
“I like to play and I like to watch TV” said Sara. She also likes spending time with her sister, Veronica (pictured above). Veronica was adopted from Russia and brought into the same family. The two are best friends and buddies in overcoming challenges, together.
An Independent Little Girl
10-year-old girl born with no hands wins national handwriting competition
According to her mother, Cathryn Hinesley, Sara is an independent girl. She thinks strategically and always finds a way to do the normal things that everyone else does.
“She is so amazing and functional without prosthetics… She can do just about anything, often times better than my husband or me.” says Catherine.
“I have never heard this little girl say, ‘I can’t.’ She’s a little rock star. She tackles everything you can throw at her, and she gives it her best.” Sara’s teacher, Cheryl Churilla, added.
Sara’s Hope For Other Children with disabilities
“I feel proud and hope that others who have challenges learn from me, that if you try your hardest, you can do it”
She hopes that her story will inspire others. Sara only proves that despite imperfection, we are all capable of achieving the seemingly impossible!
This article was written by: Joyca Lorriene