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Ms. Wheelchair Kansas receives ‘Rising Star Award’ at national competition

The 2022 Ms. Wheelchair Kansas recently attended the Ms. Wheelchair America event, where she competed for the national title. Marci Clare, of Abilene, Kan. joined with 20 other women vying for the opportunity to represent women who are wheelchair mobile in the United States. This annual event, held Aug. 15-21, 2022, was hosted at the Amway Grand Plaza, Grand Rapids, Mich.

2022 Ms. Wheelchair Kansas Marci Clare

After an intense week of competition, networking, and empowerment, Clare came away with a new sisterhood from across the nation, a renewed motivation to advocate, and the honor of being named the Rising Star Award winner. Clare was the 18th woman to represent the state of Kansas at the national competition since the creation of the Ms. Wheelchair Kansas organization in 2004.

While in Grand Rapids, she participated in three personal interview sessions, scored based on her accomplishments, self-perception, communication, and projection skills. She also gave a speech on her chosen platform, “There’s No Place Like Home,” and heard from speakers on a variety of topics related to leadership and advocacy.

In the crowning ceremony, Ali Ingersoll, of North Carolina, was named Ms. Wheelchair America 2023. Clare received an award created specifically by the judge, the “Rising Star Award” to recognize a contestant who has accomplished much and demonstrated growth in a short amount of time.

Clare was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Kansas in March 2022. Since receiving her title, she has worked to fulfill the MWKS mission, which is to educate, advocate, and empower all people on a state level. She has been traveling to meet Kansans of all ages, speak to different groups, and participate in local events.

For more information, contact Carrie Greenwood, MWKS state coordinator, at 785-633-7255 or, or see

Information thanks to Ms. Wheelchair Kansas Inc.

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