Ms. Wheelchair Iowa
By Julie Berg-Raymond
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When a good friend of hers first asked the reigning Ms. Wheelchair Iowa Heidi Kriener, of Waucoma, to consider entering that competition, she was hesitant.

“I’m a tom-boy, not a dressy-girl-type,” Kriener says. “I discovered it was more about advocacy, and then I became more interested. But when I found out I would have to write a three-minute presentation, I wasn’t sure I would have time to do that.”

Kriener is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at Turkey Valley CSD and St. Joseph Community School. She also teaches Sacramental Prep to second graders at her local church and takes care of her “four-legged

boy,” a chocolate lab. Thanks, though, to her

persistent friend –and one enthusiastically

supportive eighth grader –she decided to enter the competition.

“I work at an after-ter-school program a few times a week after teaching, and it was

there my friend asked me again if I would par-and par-


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