1st Runner Up

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in News | 0 comments


Jen Onsum, Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota USA 2014, recently returned from Cuyahoga Falls, OH, with the honor of being the 1st Runner-Up at the Ms. Wheelchair USA Pageant.

Onsum is also the first recipient of the Dr. Georgi Hudson Smith Knowledge Award.

“It’s truly an honor to have come this far,” says Onsum. “While the pageant may be over and my reign will end in October, my mission isn’t over. I will continue to work to influence and spark change in the community and in the lives of others.”

“I’m forever grateful for this opportunity and this experience. I have learned so much about myself and about humanity, and have made lifelong friends. It’s changed my life,” adds Onsum.

A 33-year-old from Brooklyn Park, Minn., Jen is the youngest of three and loves living an active lifestyle despite having Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Diagnosed at 18 months of age, Jen has been active in sports, education, employment and volunteering much of her life. Throughout high school she earned her Varsity letter playing Adapted Soccer, Floor Hockey and Softball, and has been a feisty, but girlie, PowerHockey player for 18 years and the Assistant Commissioner of the Minnesota PowerHockey League for two years. Jen has a Bachelors of Arts in Journalism from the University of St. Thomas and an Associates of Applied Science in Health Information Technology. She currently divides her time between being a motivational speaker and working in social media marketing. When not on the hockey court, Jen enjoys volunteering with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and other local organizations, and reaching out to make a difference in the lives of others.

Jen’s platform is “Keeping Your Attitude Active,” something she is very passionate about. Having been very active her whole life, Jen is a firm believer in getting out and finding something to do or be involved in, because it will help you to have a healthy attitude and attitude is everything, no matter what your life situation may be.

The Ms. Wheelchair USA live show and crowning ceremony is archived online at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ms-wheelchair-USA.

Yvette Pegues of Georgia was crowned the new Ms. Wheelchair USA.

For more information about Jen, read her full bio at www.mswheelchairminnesota.com.

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