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Public invited to Ms. Wheelchair Kansas crowning ceremony

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Ms. Wheelchair Kansas crowning ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13, 2016, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, Topeka, Kan. The ceremony will be open to the public and free of charge. It will include platform speech presentations by the contestants, a keynote speaker, farewell from the current titleholder, and crowning of the new Ms. Wheelchair Kansas and Little Miss Wheelchair Kansas. This year’s ceremony will welcome special guest keynote speaker Dr. Alette Coble-Temple, Ms. Wheelchair America 2016. Rusty Walker, with Big 94.5 Country Radio in Topeka, will serve as mistress of ceremonies.

The mission of the MWKS program is to annually select one woman who is wheelchair mobile and who will successfully advocate, educate, and empower all people on a state level. It is not a beauty contest, but rather a competition to select the most articulate, accomplished delegate who will serve as a role model and spokesperson for people with disabilities in Kansas.

The reigning titleholder is Carrie Sunday, of Overbrook. She has worked in this past year to break stereotypes and educate a variety of groups about her platform of “Changing the Definition of Disabled.” She will say farewell at the crowning ceremony and will pass her crown on to the 2016 titleholder.

This year’s contestants in the 2016 MWKS competition are Keara Hockman, Wichita, and Tiffany Walter, Olathe. They will participate in a variety of activities March 11-13 to prepare for Sunday’s crowning. The contestants will be scored during four events: two personal interview sessions, a platform speech presentation, and on-stage questions. Judges will evaluate the participants based on their accomplishments, self-perception, communication, and projection skills. The contestants will also take part in a variety of informative sessions on such topics as self-esteem, networking, social media, and advocacy, and will experience giving back to the community through a volunteer opportunity.

The crowned titleholder will have the opportunity to travel throughout the state educating various groups about the issues of importance to people with disabilities. She will share her voice and platform with the community through presentations, public appearances, and interaction with the media. Her reign will ultimately lead up to an opportunity to attend the national competition in August, where she will represent Kansas and compete for the title of Ms. Wheelchair America.

Ms. Wheelchair Kansas will also be announcing the new Little Miss Wheelchair Kansas. The Little Miss program gives the younger generation of 5-12 year olds the opportunity to educate, meet people, share their voice, and learn from adult role models. Delaney Murphy of Ottawa, the current Little Miss, will pass her title onto the next young role model at this year’s ceremony.

The Ms. Wheelchair America Program was created in 1972, and this is the thirteenth year that Kansas will be represented at the national competition.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony and say goodbye to the current titleholder and help crown the new Ms. Wheelchair Kansas and Little Miss Wheelchair Kansas.

For more information, contact Carrie Greenwood, state coordinator, at 785-267-5982 or [email protected], or see

Information thanks to Ms. Wheelchair Kansas.

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