There she is...Ms. Wheelchair USA


From the Fun Friday Files:

img26914Kate Matelan of Pennsylvania was crowned Ms. Wheelchair USA on July 25 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. The 21-year-old Matelan, who became paralyzed in a car accident when she was 5 years old, is a senior majoring in business administration at Bucknell University. Judges commended Matelan on her disability efforts on campus, including a meeting with university officials to discuss obstacles like lab tables in science classrooms that are too high for students in wheelchairs. As Ms. Wheelchair USA, Matelan will take her awareness efforts nationwide. She told The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa.:

''Having a disability does not hinder me from achieving my goals nor does it mean that I have boundaries put on my future possibilities,'' she said.

Liz Beaulieu