Ms. Wheelchair Kansas seeking nominations for women of achievement

TOPEKA, Kan. – Ms. Wheelchair Kansas Inc. is currently searching for women of achievement who are wheelchair mobile, to serve as contestants in the 13th Annual Ms. Wheelchair Kansas event. Contestants can be nominated by a person or group or can choose to participate in the program. Organizations and companies are being encouraged to nominate women who are passionate, dynamic, articulate, and who have a message to share throughout the state. MWKS is also seeking nominations for the Little Miss Wheelchair Kansas program that celebrates young spirited girls, ages 5-12, who are wheelchair mobile.

The Ms. Wheelchair Kansas Program is not a beauty contest, but rather a competition to select the most articulate, accomplished delegate to serve as a role model and spokesperson for people with disabilities in Kansas. She will successfully advocate, educate, and empower all people on a state level. Contestants will be scored based on their accomplishments, self-perception, communication, and projection skills. The crowned titleholder will have the opportunity to travel throughout the state of Kansas educating various groups about the issues of importance to people with disabilities. She will have the opportunity to share her chosen platform, interact with the media, and network with many people throughout Kansas. Her reign will lead up to the national competition where she will compete for the title of Ms. Wheelchair America.

The 13th Annual Ms. Wheelchair Kansas event will be held on March 17-19, 2017, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Lawrence, Kan. Contestants must meet the following requirements: A U.S. citizen who is 21 years of age or older; utilizes a wheelchair for 100 percent of daily community mobility; a resident of Kansas for at least the past six months; marital status is not a consideration; have not held a similar title in another state; be willing to raise money and obtain sponsors for the state and national entry fees; willing and able to travel throughout the state – this includes having access to reliable and easily obtained transportation; ready and willing to successfully advocate, educate, and empower all persons through various opportunities over the course of the year.

Organizations, companies, or individuals can nominate women by submitting a nomination form. Interested participants must then send in a completed application with a $150 entry fee, which can be obtained through sponsors or the nominator, as well as a written letter of recommendation and a portrait for the program.

A new Little Miss Wheelchair Kansas will also be selected this year. This program recognizes young girls, ages 5-12, who are wheelchair mobile, dynamic, spirited, positive, and who have something to say to the people in our state. The chosen Little Miss will work alongside Ms. Wheelchair Kansas to empower and educate people of all ages and will serve as a role model to her peers. She will also be mentored by Ms. Wheelchair Kansas. Contestants can be nominated by family, teachers, or other community members.

Applications for both programs must be postmarked by Jan. 7, 2017. To learn more about the Ms. Wheelchair Kansas or Little Miss programs, to become a contestant, or to nominate a contestant, contact Carrie Greenwood, state coordinator, at 785-267-5982 or e-mail [email protected]. More information, a printable application, and a nomination form can also be found at www.mswheelchairkansas.org.

Information thanks to Ms. Wheelchair Kansas.


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