Miss Cherokee, ambassador applications available

BY STAFF REPORTS
06/06/2019 08:00 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
From left to right in the front row are 2018-19 Little Cherokee Ambassadors Hunter Sanders, Jaycee Scraper and Ava Oxford. In the back row are 2018-19 Little Cherokee Ambassador Steven Gourd, Junior Miss Cherokee Kaitlyn Pinkerton, Miss Cherokee Whitney Roach and Little Cherokee Ambassador Maysi Fields. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – Applications for the 2019-20 Miss Cherokee, Junior Miss Cherokee and Little Cherokee Ambassador competitions are available.

To download the application, visit https://www.cherokee.org/Services/Education/Cherokee-Ambassadors and scroll to the bottom of the page. Applications are also available at the Cherokee First desk at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex.

The deadline for all applications is July 16.

The Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition will be held Aug. 24, with the Junior Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition on Aug. 17 and Little Cherokee Ambassador Competition on Aug. 10.

“Each of these competitions offers a great opportunity for the contestants to share their knowledge and personalities with the judges, and it’s something we look forward to every year,” Lisa Trice-Turtle, Miss Cherokee sponsor and 1986-87 Miss Cherokee, said. “As ambassadors of the Cherokee Nation, our new Miss Cherokee, Junior Miss Cherokee and each of the Little Cherokee Ambassadors will spend the year traveling and sharing their culture and heritage, while maintaining all the best qualities of Cherokee youth.”

Miss Cherokee contestants must be high school graduates between the ages of 18-22 as of Aug. 24. Candidates cannot have previously served as Miss Cherokee and must be CN citizen livings in the tribal jurisdiction.

In the past year, Miss Cherokee Whitney Roach has visited the White House and historic sites in Washington, D.C., including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. She also visited the Oklahoma Capitol and CN community meetings across the country.

To run for Junior Miss Cherokee, contestants must be middle school or high school students between the ages of 13-18, CN citizens and reside within the tribal jurisdiction.

For the Little Cherokee Ambassador Competition, one girl and one boy are selected from each of three age groups: 4-6 years, 7-9 years and 10-12 years. Candidates must be CN citizens and live within the tribal jurisdiction.

Committee representatives will accept hand-delivered applications on July 16 between noon and 7 p.m. in the lobby of the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex. Applications presented after the deadline will not be accepted. Hand-carried or mailed applications will also be accepted prior to July 16. Faxed applications or applications submitted after at 7 p.m. on July 16 will not be accepted.

For more information about the Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition, call Trice-Turtle at 918-453-5000, ext. 4991. For more information about the Junior Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition, call Reba Bruner at 918-453-5000, ext. 5397. For more information about the Little Cherokee Ambassador Competition, call Kristen Thomas at 918-453-5000, ext. 4974.

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