Miss Iowa surprises Argyle 9-year-old

By: Phil Levin Email
By: Phil Levin Email

POSTED: Thursday, November 14, 2013 --- 10:15 p.m.
Reporter: Phil Levin

A fourth grader in Argyle is learning she has a lot in common with Miss Iowa after a surprise school visit.

Nikki Kelly, crowned over the summer, was born with only one hand, as was 9-year-old Lindsay Connors. Kelly travels the country preaching everyone has differences, and like others she does not let hers affect her lifestyle or outlook.

"When I was little I was the only one I knew that had one hand," said Kelly. "I just needed to be treated as though I was the same as everyone because that is truly how I see myself."

Connors was surprised by the visit.

"I just don't really think about it," she said. "We talked about differences."

Both women play many of the same sports, and both don't call attention to their differences. Kelly compares them to Nemo, the fish with the lucky fin that didn't hold him back.

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