The contestants arrived on Friday October 29, 2010 for a Halloween party in the Presidential suite of the Hilton Hotel in Rockville, Maryland. The gala occurred on October 30, 2010 starting with the contestants recording a message for President Obama regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act and the executive order to hire more people with disabilities in the government. The contestants than gave their platform speeches. Contestants left the hotel to have lunch at Philips Seafood Restaurant. After lunch, the contestants underwent two rounds of judging. The gala started at 6:30 PM. The contestants were asked two fishbowl questions which they answered in front of the judges and the audience.

This year’s judges were Jeri Wasco, Ms. Wheelchair DC coordinator, Judy Hoit, Ms. Wheelchair Iowa coordinator, and Mike McGrath, advocate for persons with disabilities.

The Contestants

Congratulations to Ms. Wheelchair Maryland 2011, Sharonda Johnson-Wilkes from Fort Washington.

Sharonda Johnson-Wilkes

Congratulations to the first runner up, Kimberly Jordan-Gaskins from Gaithersburg.

Kimberly Jordan-Gaskins in blue dress

Congratulations to the second runner up, Patrina Franklin from Churchton.

Patrina Franklin

Congratulations to the third runner up, Sheila Whitaker from Glen Burnie.

Sheila Whitaker

Congratulations to the fourth runner up, Annette Ingram from Catonsville.

Annette Ingram wearing pink shaw