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By Elizabeth Mission

WILMINGTON, Ohio – On Saturday, Ms. Wheelchair Ohio was crowned at a ceremony at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington, Ohio.

The title went to Margaret Long, of Cincinnati. Long participated in two individual judging sessions and various other activities throughout the two-day event. Melanie Spencer McAleese of Canal Fulton claimed first runner-up and Angela Hunter of Wooster claimed second runner-up.

Long was crowned on Saturday afternoon in a ceremony that included more than 50 family, friends and community members. Contestants had to give platform speeches as well as two on-stage impromptu questions.

Long’s platform was based on her passion for educating others about the affects of gun violence and uses her experiences to change minds, heal hearts and save lives. She was paralyzed at the age of 19 and was unable to confront her attacker until 2007, almost 16 years later. Long said the confrontation began her course of healing herself which eventually led to her passion to assist those in similar situations. She currently lives in Cincinnati and is active with many groups within the community, especially Out of the Crossfire and the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati.

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