March 3, 2012, Knoxville, Tennessee

The Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee organization is actively searching for contestants to compete in the next Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee pageant scheduled for April 7, 2012 from 9AM-6PM. The pageant will occur at Cherokee Mills located at 2240 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee 37919. Applications and entry fees are due by March 31, 2012. Visit our website at www.mswheelchairtn.org for more details and application forms.

The pageant is open to women ages 6-60 who are Tennessee residents and use a wheelchair as a primary source for daily mobility. The pageant is not a beauty contest. The goal is to select the most accomplished and articulate spokeswoman for persons with disabilities across the State of Tennessee. The winner will represent Tennessee at the national pageant in Rhode Island in August 2012.

Contestants take part in a one-day program, including workshops and several rounds of questioning by a panel of judges. The program culminates in a formal ceremony to feature the contestants and to name Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee. At the formal ceremony contestants present their platform speeches and answer fishbowl questions asked by the judges. The current Ms. Wheelchair America, Josie Badger, is expected to attend the event. The formal crowning ceremony is scheduled to start at 4:30PM.

For more information, contact Samantha Moreno or Mike McGrath at 865-288-0912 or sam@mswheelchairtn.org.

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