Springfield’s Ms. Wheelchair earns special award in national competition

PHOTO PROVIDEDMelinda Preciado with David Weinandy, announcer for the competition

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Last weekend, Melinda Preciado, Miss Wheelchair Oregon and Springfield resident, represented Oregon in the Miss Wheelchair America competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“It’s hard to put into the word the experience, it's just so many emotions and all positive,” she said. “We all inspired each other and taught each other different things … It's definitely a sisterhood.” This competition is based on advocacy, achievement and presentation, selecting the most articulate spokeswoman for people with disabilities.

The judges . . .