4 local contestants participate in pageant

Photo: Ina Young of Southridge Village Nursing and Rehab in Heber Springs was crowned the Arkansas Health Care Association’s 2020 District 4 queen.

Four local contestants were among those participating in the Arkansas Health Care Association’s 2020 District 4 Queen Pageant Wednesday, including the first runner-up. The pageant was held on the campus of Arkansas State University-Mountain Home.

Eva Costello from Good Samaritan Society – Mountain Home was selected first runner-up, with Ina Young of Southridge Village Nursing and Rehab in Heber Springs crowned the association’s 2020 District 4 pageant queen.

The other three local contestants were Ella Burke from Gassville Therapy and Living in Gassville; Donna Anderson from Twin Lakes Therapy and Living in Flippin; and Deborah Duncan Martinez from Pioneer Therapy and Living in Melbourne.

The association’s Queen Pageant system began in the early to mid-1980s as a celebration of National Nursing Home Week. The district pageants cover about 10 counties and are the second leg of the statewide Arkansas Health Care Association’s Queen Pageant systems. Contestants arrived having been selected from their respective centers and homes.

This year’s state pageant will be April 21 in Hot Springs.

“We’re so proud of these contestants. They represent not just the residential communities they come from, but, really, a generation of Americans,” says Cat Hamilton, a spokeswoman for the association. “The pageants for young women capture our imaginations because of the talents and the promise of the contestants. This pageant system is really about the accomplishments, the wisdom, the personal histories that we can appreciate and learn from.”

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