Begay to compete for Miss America title
Cherokee Nation Citizen and Miss Indiana 2017 Haley Begay will compete for the title of Miss America 2018 in September in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She is among 52 women vying for the crown for the 97th annual competition. COURTESY
PITTSBORO, Ind. – Cherokee Nation citizen Haley Begay will compete for the title of Miss America 2018 during the preliminary competition on Sept. 6-8 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The 2017 Miss Indiana titleholder will use the platform “Don’t Silence the Violence: A Voice for Children of Domestic Violence” to spread awareness of domestic violence and the importance of teaching children to resolve issues without resorting to violence.
The 19-year-old has even created a charity called Domestic Dollars and volunteers at domestic violence shelters.
The Pittsboro resident began competing in pageants at age 11, but it wasn’t until winning a local pageant and being crowned Miss Metropolitan that she was able to further her pageant career by competing in the Miss Indiana pageant and now the Miss America pageant.
Begay is an Indiana University student majoring in journalism and Spanish. Her career ambition is to become a bilingual news broadcaster for a major network.
If Begay makes it past the preliminary competition, she will compete for the crown in the final competition on Sept. 10. The Miss America 2018 finals will be aired live on ABC at 8 p.m. CST on Sept. 10. For more information, visit www.missamerica.org/vote/