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Cape High graduate shines again at Ms. Wheelchair America competition

August 17, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Ms. Wheelchair Florida 2018, Shavaughn Barnes from Jacksonville, used the lyrics from the popular song, "This is Me" from "The Greatest Showman" to begin her platform speech Aug. 4 at the Ms. Wheelchair America event in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Shavaughn had to relay to the audience what she would do if she were crowned Ms. Wheelchair America 2019. The crowd was shocked as she confidently took the stage and began singing. She ended her speech reminding everyone that, "people with disabilities are capable handicappable," and that it's awesome to be R.A.D.D., which stands for Rising Against Disabilities and Discrimination, which is Shavaughn's platform, hoping to bring awareness to the community making the ride of life better together.

For a clip of her speech visit,

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Shavaughn Barnes at the Ms. Wheelchair America competition.

She attended the competition along with 26 other women from all over the United States where they were asked interview questions, attended workshops and also formed a sisterhood that would carry on long after the competition was over.

Shavaughn came home with a third place finish and was awarded best speech of the night. Although the competition is over, she is still promoting her platform and raising money and awareness for the Ms. Wheelchair FL organization.

Donations can be made to support her efforts at,

For information about Ms. Wheelchair America, visit



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