CLIFTON – Paula Butler served her community beautifully as the 2016 Clifton Hill Climb queen, and for that she has received her just reward.
Butler, 20, of Morenci, won the position of Hill Climb queen based on the number of raffle tickets sold as well as a small essay on the role of tradition in a community.
Her essay was reviewed by a panel of judges from the Greenlee County Chamber of Commerce. Judges for the 2016 Clifton Hill Climb Queen contest were Emily Muteb, Steve Ahmann and Dusty Robinette.
For winning the coveted position of Hill Climb queen, Butler received a check of $1,267.50 from the chamber to go toward her education. Butler is set to begin studying physical therapy at Eastern Arizona College.
Julia Chavarria, Hill Climb Queen runner up, was also awarded $200.
“The scholarship fund was augmented by generous private donations, as well as proceeds from the sale of T-shirts sold by the Sports Car Club of America, Arizona Region. Shirt designer Suzie Medina also donated $5 for every shirt sold,” said Clifton Town Manager Ian McGaughey.
The winner of the 50/50 raffle at the Hill Climb Awards Ceremony was Destiny Quick, who won a handsome sum of $557.50.