Maine boy without hands honored for penmanship

photo In April 4, 2011 photo, Nicholas Maxim is photographed at Readfield Elementary School in Readfield, Maine. The student at Readfield Elementary School is known for his penmanship, even though he was born without hands or lower arms. The judges at Zaner-Bloser in Columbus, Ohio, who sifted through 200,000 handwriting entries were so impressed that they created a new category for students with disabilities. (AP Photo/The Kennebec Journal, Andy Molloy)

READFIELD, Maine - A 10-year-old boy who earned a spot in a national penmanship contest despite being born without hands and lower arms is in a league of his own.

Nicholas Maxim, a fifth-grader at Readfield Elementary School who writes by holding a pencil between his arms, impressed judges at a national penmanship contest enough that they created a new category for students with disabilities.