On July 21st, Tasha Schuh of Ellsworth, Wisconsin took home the crown at the annual Ms. Wheelchair USA competition held in Ohio. She competed alongside nine other participants from various states, all of whom had earned their state titles either earlier this year or last fall before entering the national event.
“The contestants were just amazing. It was really cool to see other women that have accomplished so much while being in a wheelchair,” Schuh said.
Schuh, whose compelling story about her injury (she fell 16 feet through a broken stage trap door during a school play) and subsequent triumph of determination inspired the judges and audience alike stood firmly by her platform of “Positive Attitudes” through which she promotes self-confidence and community service, two key qualities embraced by the Ms. Wheelchair USA organization as well.
Schuh has spent much of her time as a Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin winner on the public speaking circuit visiting schools, churches, hospitals and correctional facilities motivating and engaging audiences with various types of physical and emotional abilities. She explains that the interpersonal experience of public speaking is something she looks forward to now as the national spokeswoman.
“My passion is speaking,” Schuh said, adding that, “I can help others and inspire others and give them hope.”
Finalists in the competition included Ashley Cooper (Florida), Danielle Sheypuk (New York), Ammie Morgan (Alabama) and Dianna Warren (Ohio). For more information on Ms. Wheelchair USA, visit: www.mswheelchairusa.org