Six contestants stood on the stage Thursday, each hoping
to earn the crown naming her the new Ms. Indian San Juan College.
supporters watched as Alanna Yazzie was crowned after the two-hour
pageant held in the college's Little Theatre.
contestant competing in several categories as judges scored them.
After a brief introduction from Master of Ceremonies Gerald Allen,
the pageant began.
talent was the first competition and featured displays of native
drawings, paintings and a cradle board as well as a performance
of a jingle dance and the reciting of a native alphabet.
of the contemporary talent category were two piano performances,
a how-to demonstration for decorating a cake and a rehearsed stage
interview portion of the event ended the competition as each contestant
answered a question from a member of the judging panel.
Ms. Indian San Juan College DeAnna Yazzie performed a final traditional
dance in her crown, accompanied by a drum circle. She then thanked
her family and supporters for her year-long journey.
mean the world to me," DeAnna said. "It is bittersweet
to me. I thought I would be happy to give this title away, but it
is a little sad. I hope this year's recipient will do her best in
Mapp, administrative assistant of the Native American Center at
the college, reiterated the sentimentality of the day.
are gonna miss DeAnna," Mapp said. "She has been such
a wonderful promoter for education at San Juan College. If the new
princess does half the job DeAnna did then she will be well appreciated."
audience was entertained by a native drum circle throughout the
intermissions and were treated to cake and punch following the pageant's
receiving her crown, Alanna stood on stage as the drum circle performed
an Honor Song.
want to thank my family who stayed up all night to help me get ready,"
Alanna said. "Thank you also to the girls, who were all so
funny, and I am so glad I got to meet you."
said she plans to promote the importance of academics to younger
students and to tell them the significance of going to school, especially
college. Alanna also hopes winning this title will allow her to
become involved in activities at the college and participate in
Morris, director of the college's Native American Center, sat in
the audience and watched the contest. He said he was pleased with
this year's pageant and the winner.
want to see her promote San Juan College by being a role model,"
Morris said. "Not only her family, community and her school,
but primarily for herself. I want her to get her name out there
and let people know that higher education is important and should
not be wasted."
runner-up was Amber Renae Benally. Fourth runner-up was Kelcie Franklin.
Third runner-up was Alissa Joe. Second runner-up was Ashley Julian.
First runner-up was Audrianna Yazzie.