SCC student returns from national competition

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Heather Robbins poses with her trophy for Ms. Wheelchair USA.

Heather Robbins was the first-ever Nebraska contestant for Ms. Wheelchair USA. The Southeast Community College student recently returned from the national pageant in Ohio where her platform was adaptive sports for people with disabilities. She is grateful for her experience at the pageant and is now ready to bring awareness to her cause.

“I will still have my title of Ms. Wheelchair Nebraska USA until September, so I will be able to wear my crown and banner at appearances until then,” she said. “Although I will be losing my state title, my journey doesn’t end here. I will still be working to promote my platform about spinal cord injury awareness and adaptive sports for individuals living with a disability.” 

Robbins competed with other contestants from around the country. Those who are interested complete an application and choose a platform. Robbins raised travel expenses on her own and was able to attend the event with her mother. She said it was a great experience overall.

“Although I didn’t place in the top five, I won the Margarita Verano Namaste Award,” she said. “It is in memory of a former contestant who passed away from a swimming accident. The award honors my strength, positivity and courage.”

Pittsburgh native Heather Tomko took the crown on Saturday, July 21. Her platform was inclusion and accessibility advocacy. Meanwhile, Robbins continues her studies in the Human Services program at SCC. She will work to further her cause and raise awareness about disabilities.

“It was great participating in the Ms. Wheelchair USA Pageant, and it helped me realize how much I’m capable of, and I was able to be an advocate for people with disabilities,” she said.  

For more on Robbins’ story and how she became interested in competing for Ms. Wheelchair USA, click on this link. https://www.southeast.edu/news_stories/scc_student_to_compete_for_ms__wheelchair_usa_in_july/

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For more information contact:
Andrea Gallagher
Marketing Specialist
402-323-3395
agallagher@southeast.edu

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