Ms. Wheelchair Arkansas

Saturday, June 21
Posted at 11:04 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, Ark. -- Tiara's and evening dresses was the attire worn Saturday at Arkansas State University when a new pageant queen was crowned. Ms. Wheelchair Arkansas celebrates women with disabilities and contestants say this was not your average beauty pageant. This year's winner, Sydney Case said, "It's one of the most thrilling days of my life and I'm shocked the time that a fifty year old woman can come and win a pageant is a shock because it's not about beauty, it's about ability."

Nearly sixty people attended this event where contestants were judged on question responses and issues. Sydney Case was voted as the first place winner and she plans to focus on something everyone can relate to....overcoming obstacles. "That's about life whether you're a person with a disability or not you must constantly change with life," Sydney said. Saturday's contestants all talked about dreams creating opportunities and they say the dream of making it this far will continue. Many at the reception feel they are all the contestants say they will go on to tackle some pretty tough issues.

This year's first runner up, Michelle Grisham said, "A lot of people like me are on medicaid and they want to get off medicaid they want to get off welfare and jobs are about the only way they are going to be able to do that." Contestants had an action packed week of self-defense classes and wheelchair dancing lessons proving todays theme "disability is in the eye of the beholder." Their pageant coordinator says all of these women are winners.