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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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/