5th grader wins penmanship award -- without hands

6:14 PM, Apr 8, 2011   |    comments
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READFIELD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A 5th grader from Readfield has won a national handwriting award. What's more amazing: Nick Maxim was born without hands.

Maxim doesn't have lower arms either, but he can put the pencil between his upper arms, and he uses his face to keep the pencil steady. His 5th grade class entered the Zaner-Bloser national penmanship contest. His teachers were only supposed to send one entry from the class on to the national competition, which includes 200,000 students. But they sent Nick's along with the class winner because they felt he deserved recognition for what he can do. The judges agreed, starting a whole new award just for students with disabilities.

Nick actually doesn't love writing in cursive, according to his mom. But he really loves the creative aspects of writing and his favorite thing to do is draw. He hopes to be a comic book author one day.


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