TOPEKA - The 2013 Ms. Wheelchair Kansas (MWKS) was recently crowned during a weekend ceremony held March 17, 2013, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka, Kan. Angel Shaver of WaKeeney received her crown after participating in four judging sessions, as well as many other activities, throughout the three-day event held March 15-17. The weekend concluded with a formal crowning, where Angel was chosen as the new titleholder and fellow contestant Jessica Soderlund, of Oakley, was chosen as the runner-up.
The crowning ceremony, held on Sunday, was attended by more than 70 family, friends, and community members.
Angel is the wife of Eric Shaver, formerly of Augusta. His parents, Jim and Gwen Shaver, along with other family members currently live in Augusta.
Angel, the new titleholder, does not let her disability define who she is and what she can do. Although she has been through many challenges in life, including receiving nerve damage and a traumatic brain injury in 2004, Angel has not let this stop her from living a full life. She is a wife, mother of two children, and proudly owns the label of “domestic engineer,” also known as a stay at home mom. Angel is not just a stay at home mom, though. She currently works as the Secretary at the WaKeeney Church of God. She is also a bookkeeper and piano teacher. She also volunteers as a LeadHer Coordinator, Mom’s in Prayer Leader, and a member of the PTO. Angel holds a Master of Science degree in Family Therapy from Friends University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science and Bible/Theology from Mid-America Bible College in Oklahoma.
Angel will serve as a role model and spokesperson for people with disabilities in Kansas in the coming year. She will strive to educate, advocate, and empower all people in our state. She will have the opportunity to travel throughout Kansas educating various groups about the issues of importance to people with disabilities. She will share her platform of “Maintaining an Attitude of Gratitude” with Kansans of all ages. With this platform, Angel will encourage people to stay positive no matter what their circumstances, as well as give thanks even when faced with challenges. She will ultimately represent Kansas in the Ms. Wheelchair America competition, held in Houston, Texas in July, where she will compete for the national title alongside 31 other women from varying states. Follow Angel’s year by visiting her blog at www.mwks13.blogspot.com.
More information can also be found on the Ms. Wheelchair Kansas web site at www.mswheelchairkansas.org.