This year, the honor - designated for a student with a cognitive delay or intellectual, physical, or developmental disability - has been given to 7-year-old 1st grader Annie Clark (2nd image). She is one of 8 adopted Chinese siblings and is enrolled at the Wilson Christian Academy in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania. "I think about doing words and spelling [but have] learned to go slow," says Annie (video and sample here).
Neat penmanship is something I'm sure Trish Vickers of Charmouth, West Dorset, U.K., is glad she has. She lost her sight 7 years ago, but just finished writing 26 pages of her first novel by hand. It was not until she asked her son to read it back to her that she learned that the pages were blank - her pen had run out of ink. They called staff in the fingerprint bureau of the Dorset Police who volunteered their time to reveal the missing words by using a crime light to enhance the indentations. "Fortunately apart from one line we managed to retrieve the whole lot. It was nice to do something good for somebody and it was nice to read the book as well," said one of the officers (video here).