RHS Student to Compete in National Pageant

Thursday, November 5, 2015
Eternetei with RSH principal Wade Williams.(TD photo/Jessica Rainwater)

Rector High School sophomore Eternitei Lindsey, 16, of Rector will compete in the Arkansas division of the Miss Teen of America pageant at the Hilton Dallas Fort Worth Executive Lakes Conference Center in Houston, Nov. 27-29.

Lindsey will be the first-ever down syndrome contestant to compete in the Arkansas division of the pageant. Winners from all 50 states compete in the national pageant later in the year.

Lindsey, who is "very excited" to be a part of the pageant said "this is the best birthday present ever," as she'll turn 17 in December. The very spirited Lindsey is not a stranger to the pageant world as she has been crowned Junior Miss Rector and Miss Congeniality in the past during the Labor Day pageants held in Rector.

Lindsey loves school and is involved with the Rector 4-H club, pep club, Cougars are B.A.D. and family consumer science. She most recently won a blue ribbon for cupcakes she baked in family consumer science at the Clay County Fair. In her free time she enjoys riding horses, four-wheeling and spending time with family, friends and teachers.

Lindsey is the daughter of Becky and Jason Lindsey and the granddaughter of Jim Pruett and Jane Pruett-Foster of Rector, Tom and Jeannie Burns of Polar Bluff and Joseph Lindsey of Blytheville. Lindsey has two younger brothers, Drake and Lastin, one older sister Destinei, who also competed in Miss Pre-teen of America in 2001, and a younger sister Dorothy.

The winner of the Arkansas division of the pageant will receive a $1,000 scholarship, $250 cash to use for a Special Olympics event at their school in honor of the pageant's national charity and a trip to the national pageant to compete for the title of Miss Teen of America. The pageant is scholastic-based and designed to recognize and reward people for their achievements in academics, arts and athletics. The pageant is rooted in service and its national charity is the Special Olympics, according to www.missteenofamerica.com.

Participation in the pageant costs $475, but does not include traveling and boarding fees. Lindsey has received sponsorships from Glen Sain, Honeysuckle and Home, Employees of Car-Mart in Paragould, Smith Lawn Care, Simmons and Sons Farms, Rector Downtown Drug and Medical Supply and Wilson Outdoors. Those who would like to help sponsor Lindsey can call Becky Lindsey at (870) 374-0164 or drop off donations at Centennial Bank in Rector. All donations are tax-deductible.

Lindsey also wanted to thank Leigh Ann Jones and Kylee Beshears for helping her acquire a dress.

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