The City of Guthrie has a queen among its residents. Mary Beth Davis has been serving the state of Oklahoma since March as Miss Wheelchair Oklahoma. With that honor, Davis recently returned from Long Beach, California was she competed for Miss Wheelchair America for 2015. Davis will serve in her current position until March 2015.
In the Long Beach contest, Davis was among 25 contestants in the weeklong event. Davis said, “The experience was worth more than anything I have done. We are all lifelong friends after getting to spend the week together.”
The weeklong event was also a leadership event with guest speakers, seminars on the various laws, history of disabilities and how the attendees could impact their community with getting out and reading in schools. Davis, who has read for children at Central Elementary School before said, “It introduces the children to a world they may never see and most kids that age are very inquisitive and ask questions at the book readings.”
Other events included a presentation by Miss Wheelchair Oklahoma 2014 during one of the breakout sessions. The actual contest included three separate judging sessions along with four-one and a half hour workshops. Miss Wheelchair Wisconsin was eventually crowned the winner for the 2015 year.
Davis said, “The week was full of activities including a trip to the aquarium and the fact that all participants were encouraged to meet with different people at each session.” While Davis was disappointed not to have won, she said, “If this event is anywhere close to Oklahoma next year, I would love to go again. It is one of the best events I have ever been involved in.”
Davis, who suffered her original injuries in a car accident on Aug. 27, 2010, calls that date her second birthday now, and says she has too much to do and will not let being in a wheelchair slow her down. Davis graduated from Oklahoma State University in May with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and a minor in Nutritional Services. Davis’s platform at the national meeting was health and nutrition.
Davis is in the process of applying for Veterinarian School at Oklahoma State University and hopes to start there in the near future.
Davis is available to speak to groups about the health and nutrition platform as Miss Wheelchair Oklahoma. If interested people may contact Jesa Lopez, Miss Wheelchair Oklahoma 2012 for more information. Lopez’s e-mail is email@example.com.
Davis was also the recipient of Home Run for Life in 2013 and can be found this weekend at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds for the No Boundaries Expo from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today.