WILMINGTON - Jessica Kelbley of Fostoria was crowned the 2013 Ms. Wheelchair Ohio earlier this month during a ceremony at Roberts Centre in Wilmington.
Kelbley, who was born with spinal muscular atrophy, is a graduate of Calvert High School and is studying at Wright State University.
More than 100 family, friends and community members attended the ceremony. The competition included speeches by each of the contestants, and two on-stage impromptu questions.
Although her focus in the past has been serving those affected by neuromuscular diseases, Kelbley now will serve as a role model and spokeswoman for Ohioans with disabilities in the coming year. She will strive to educate, advocate and empower by traveling throughout Ohio to speak with various groups about the issues of importance to people with disabilities.
In July, Kelbley will represent Ohio in the Ms. Wheelchair America competition in Houston. News and events about the Ms. Wheelchair Ohio program can be found on Facebook or at mswheelchairohio-america.