Above all obstacles


Tina G. Pedersen, founder and president of RAMP, or Real Access Motivates Progress, and Ms. Wheelchair RI 2018, was selected as the first woman with disabilities to hold a state title and take part in the national competition for American Women of Service. During the competition, held in August in Springfield, Massachusetts, woman were busy conducting community service to support Crossroads Youth Center. Pedersen took home several awards, including Overall Speech, Overall Role Model, the Silver Presidential Service Award, the Abigail Kate Ladner Memorial Award, Positive Pageantry, Miss Congeniality and second runner-up in her Overall Division. Cranston’s own Anna Cassador-Saccoccio won the title of 2019 National Classic American Woman of Service. (Submitted photo)


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