New Ms. Wheelchair Kansas and Little Miss crowned

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Ms. Wheelchair Kansas Tiffany Walter 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. – The 2016 Ms. Wheelchair Kansas was crowned during a weekend ceremony held March 13, 2016, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka, Kan. Tiffany Walter, Olathe, received her crown after participating in four judging sessions and other activities throughout the three-day event. The weekend concluded with a formal crowning, where Tiffany was chosen as the new titleholder and fellow contestant Keara Hockman, Wichita, was chosen as the runner-up. A new Little Miss Wheelchair Kansas was also announced at the ceremony, with Aubrey May, of Olathe, selected as the new Little Miss, and fellow contestant Sophia Beers, Wichita, chosen as the runner-up.

The event consisted of platform speeches by each of the two contestants, as well as two on-stage questions. The audience enjoyed a slide show of memories from the weekend; a keynote speech from Dr. Alette Coble-Temple, Ms. Wheelchair America 2016; presentation of the first Rebecca Branam Award, which was given to long-time MWKS supporter Stephanie Sanford; and farewells from the 2015 MWKS titleholder, Carrie Sunday, of Overbrook, and Little Miss titleholder, Delaney Murphy, of Ottawa.

Tiffany, the new titleholder, is passionate about empowering others with disabilities to not let their disability define them, but rather celebrate it as a unique part of who they are as a person. Tiffany, who has Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, knows that anything is possible, even when living with a disability. She attended Johnson County Community College where she received her Associate of Liberal Arts in 2007 and Emporia State University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business with an emphasis in accounting in 2011. Tiffany currently lives in Olathe and works as an accountant for Steve’s Handyman Services. She also volunteers in various capacities at her church. Tiffany wants to show people that adversity can be overcome and that anything is possible.

Aubrey, the new Little Miss, is a smart, outgoing, 9-year-old who loves to meet new people, almost always has a positive outlook, and spreads happiness to others. Aubrey, who lives in Olathe and has congenital muscular dystrophy, is currently a fourth-grader at Cedar Creek Elementary. She loves hanging out with her sisters and friends, as well as being involved in school and church activities. Aubrey is involved in the “Chirpers” children’s choir at church and her school choir. She is in the Battle of the Books Club at school and is involved with Miracle League Baseball.

Tiffany will serve as a role model and spokesperson for people with disabilities in Kansas in the coming year. She will strive to educate, advocate, and empower all people in our state. Tiffany will have the opportunity to travel throughout Kansas educating various groups about the issues of importance to people with disabilities. She will share her platform of “Never Give Up: There’s Always A Way” with Kansans of all ages. With this platform, she will encourage others to work through challenges to achieve their dreams and goals. Tiffany will ultimately represent Kansas in the Ms. Wheelchair America competition, held in Grand Rapids, Mich., in August, where she will compete for the national title alongside 27 other women from varying states. Aubrey will work alongside Tiffany to show the capabilities of people with disabilities.

To schedule an appearance or presentation by the new Ms. Wheelchair Kansas or Little Miss Wheelchair Kansas, contact Carrie Greenwood, state coordinator, at 785-267-5982 or [email protected]. More information is also available at www.mswheelchairkansas.org.

Information thanks to Ms. Wheelchair Kansas.

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