The Miss Wheelchair Kansas event was held at Capitol Plaza Sunday.

The program annually selects one woman  who is wheelchair mobile, to successfully empower people at a state level.

Angel Shaver, 38, of  Wakeeny, Kansas was crowned as the winner. She suffers from nerve damage and traumatic brain injury from a car accident. She overcame her struggles and holds a master’s degree.

Shaver’s goal is to encourage other people to not let challenges prevent them from reaching their goals.

She will focus on sharing her platform, “Maintaining an Attitude Of Gratitude.” She will represent the state of Kansas at the Ms. Wheelchair America competition in Houston, Texas in July.

Other contestants, such as Jessica Soderlund of Oakley, gave speeches sharing their struggles and missions as well.

Ms. Wheelchair Kansas committee members would like to thank the contestants, for a wonderful weekend!

(Also  pictured with Ms. Wheelchair Kansas 2013 Angel Shaver are title holders from 2004 [who is also the state coordinator], 2005, 2006, 2009, and 2012.  The other ladies in the photo [including myself] are committee members.)