The Hilton Hotel Long Beach was the proud home of The Ms. Wheelchair America Leadership Conference and Pageant 2015 on August 8, 2014
Family and friends gathered from across the nation to celebrate the accomplishments of these amazing women representing their state. They are "roll" models for every women who believes she an achieve her goals.
In May of 2013, at age 22, Sam (Samantha) suffered a spinal cord injury after a dead tree fell on her while she was at a friend’s cabin. Her goal is to teach people that a disability doesn't define someone nor hinder them.
"I hope to be able to educate a lot of people a lot of people of different age’s young kids and older individuals about people and a life with a disability. What it’s like and everything we are capable of and the issues we face and all that we bring to the table,” said Schroth.
The five finalist included:
1st Runner Up – Ms. Wheelchair Florida 2014 Stephanie Woodward
2nd Runner Up – Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts 2014 Rosa Angelica
3rd Runner Up – Ms. Wheelchair Arizona 2014 Juliet Martinez
4th Runner Up – Ms. Wheelchair Michigan 2014 Kelsey Kleimola
Congratulations to ALL Contestants to rolled across their threshold of fear to compete in the
Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant 2015!!!
Ms. Wheelchair Alabama 2014 – Linda Tucker
Ms. Wheelchair Arizona 2014 – Juliet Martinez
Ms. Wheelchair California 2014 – Theresa de Vera
Ms. Wheelchair Colorado 2014 – Missy Weisser
Ms. Wheelchair D.C . 2014 – Kourtney Lockard
Ms. Wheelchair Florida 2014 – Stephanie Woodward
Ms. Wheelchair Illinois 2014 – Pearl Gannon
Ms. Wheelchair Indiana 2014 – Ruth Smith
Ms. Wheelchair Iowa 2014 – Michele Meadors
Ms. Wheelchair Kansas 2014 Brigid Schwilling
Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky 2014- Bobbie James
Ms. Wheelchair Louisana 2014 – Leah Hoffpauir
Ms. Wheelchair Maryland 2014 – Shani Watson
Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts 2014 – Rosa Angelica Colon
Ms. Wheelchair Michigan 2014 – Kelsey Kleimola
Ms. Wheelchair Mississippi 2014 – Chae’MonaLeasza Harris
Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota 2014 – Kelsey Peterson
Ms. Wheelchair New York 2014 – Jessica Patterson
Ms. Wheelchair North Carolina 2014 – Ariella Baker
Ms. Wheelchair Ohio 2014 – Elizabeth Schrack
Ms. Wheelchair Oklahoma 2014 – Mary Beth Davis
Ms. Wheelchair Pennsylvania 2014 – Jennifer Gililand
Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2014 – Amanda Szidiropulosz
Ms. Wheelchair Texas 2014 – Laura Halvorson
Ms. Wheelchair Utah 2014 – Amanda Rhees
Ms. Wheelchair Virginia 2014 – Kanika Davis
Ms. Wheelchair Washington 2014 – Evelyna Castro
Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin 2014 – Samantha Schroth
The week long event and the Crowning was FULL of excitement. Cameras were in action capturing the memorable moments.
Ms. Wheelchair America is a program that promotes awareness of architectural and altitudinal barriers for women, and men, in wheelchairs.
Organized in 1972 by a Columbus, Ohio physician Dr. Philip K. Wood as a forum for the promotion of the achievements, as well as the needs of, people with mobility impairments, Ms. Wheelchair America recognizes the accomplishments of women who utilize wheelchairs for mobility. The non-profit program which consists of the State Coordinators and State Titleholders has grown to include programs in more than 30 states and the District of Columbia. The state programs are staffed and coordinated by volunteers dedicated to increasing public awareness so that all citizens will be afforded the opportunities to lead productive and meaningful lives.
The Mission of Ms. Wheelchair America
The mission of Ms. Wheelchair America (visit the MWA organization’s main site here) is to provide an opportunity of achievement for women who happen to be wheelchair users to successfully educate and advocate for the more than 54 million Americans living with disabilities.
Duties of Ms. Wheelchair America
As Ms. Wheelchair America, the national titleholder has numerous duties. These include promoting awareness of the need to eliminate architectural and attitudinal barriers, informing the able-bodied public of the achievements of the millions of people with disabilities across the nation, and assisting with the establishment of programs in all 50 states by promoting Ms. Wheelchair America. During her year long reign, she will have the opportunity to travel visiting advocacy groups, making public appearances and conducting radio, print ad, and TV interviews. The commitment and personal example of the titleholder serves to further the mission of Ms. Wheelchair America.
For more information:
Ms. Wheelchair America Inc.
PO Box 86
Bryon Center MI 49315
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