Boy without Hands Wins Penmanship Award

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Formal writing or cursive as it's called is becoming a lost art. But for one Readfield Elementary School fifth-grader in Maine, writing the tedious letters is not just a pastime - it's a passion that's inspiring others.

Nicholas Maxim, a 10-year-old who was born without hands, was recently recognized for his outstanding penmanship after his teachers secretly submitted his work to the National Handwriting Contest.

The judges, impressed with his skill and fortitude, named the trophy the Nicholas Maxim Special Award.

"I liked it. It was a big surprise,"  a surprised and delighted Maxim said.

While Nick's father, Everett Maxim, was proud of his son's achievement, he wasn't surprised.

"No matter what it is, if he wants to do something, he puts his mind to it and keeps working on it until he he gets it the way he wants it,' the elder Maxim said of his son.

In addition to letter writing, Nick also plays football and soccer.

'We don't all get to be Tom Brady, but we all have special things we can do,' Everett Maxim said. 'We just have to try everything to find out. Someday, he's going to run and climb rock walls.'

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