This week a young boy by the name of Nicholas Maxim has been inspiring people around the world with his amazing story of perseverance and determination. Nicholas was born 10 years ago without his upper arms along with numerous other defects which should inhibit his motor skills but this week he earned an award for his amazing penmanship.
The award Nicholas won was part of the National Handwriting Contest in which thousands of schoolchildren’s handwriting abilities were graded and critiqued to determine who had the best handwriting. Nicholas’s principal decided that she was so impressed by his determination that she wanted to submit his writing to the contest and shortly after they found out that Nicholas had won an award.
Nicholas’s story is so remarkable because even though Nicholas has prosthetic arms he can use he almost always opts to leave them at home and simply use the arms he was born with. Using his upper arms only Nicholas is able to accomplish nearly any task because he is determined that he will lead a normal life despite everything that has gone against him.
Not only was Nicholas’s story inspiring enough to earn him an award it even inspired the contest organizers to create a new category specifically for handicapped participants which they named after Nicholas. As always Nicholas says he is simply trying to do whatever he can to be a normal 10 year old boy but right now Nicholas has become an inspiration to millions of people.