The Hopi Jr./Sr. High School auditorium was filled to almost
capacity as six Hopi manas (girls) competed for the title of Miss
Lexie Michael James, Corn Clan from the Village of Tewa, was crowned
Miss Hopi 2014-2015. Miss Hopi's mother is Candace James and grandmother
is Jacqueline Nutumya. Miss Hopi's platform is to raise awareness
on Bullying and promote the Hopi and Tewa languages.
First Runner-up Christina D'Ann Poley of Bacavi of the Greasewood
clan. Her parents are James and Stephanie Poley. Her platform is
to raise awareness on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
Second Runner-up is Paula Deann Elmer of Lower Moencopi from
the Snake clan. Her parents are Darrin and Perlita Elmer. Her platform
is to promote Health and exercise and raise awareness on obesity.
The Miss Hopi Committee recruited six young Hopi girls to compete
for the title of Miss Hopi.
Contestants vying for the 2014-2015 Miss Hopi were:
Paula Deann Elmer is from the village of Lower Moencopi. Her
parents are Darrin and Perlita Elmer. Elmer is Snake Clan.
Courtney Polebaptewa is from the village of Kykotsmovi. Her
parents are Leon and Belinda Polehaptewa Jr. Polobaptewa is Fire
Lexi Michael James is from the village of Tewa Her mother is
Candace James and her grandmother is Jacqueline Nutumya. Miss Hopi
is Tewa Corn Clan
Robyn Chelsea Wadsworth is from the village of Sungoopavi. Her
parents are Ronald and the late Winifred Wadsworth. Wadsworth is
Bear Strap Clan
Christina Poley is from the village of Bacavi. Her parents are
James and Stephanie Poley. Poley is Greasewood Clan
Auri Roy is from the village of Hotevilla. Her mother is Sandra
Suhu. Roy is Rabbit Clan.
The Miss Hopi Pageant week started off with a Contestant and
Parent Orientation Oil July 23'" at the Hopi Jr./Sr. High School.
During the orientation, the Miss Hopi Committee gave a brief
presentation on what the organization is and how they function.
The 2013-2014 Miss Hopi Royalty also shared be Duties and Responsibilities
of Miss Hopi Royalty. Beatrice Norton gave a presentation on Hopi
Hairstyles and Lisa Lomavaya did n presentation on Public Speaking.
Kyle Knox of the Hopi Foundation did a photo shoot of the contestants,
individual and group photos.
The girls completed the first part of the judging, by having
personal interviews with the pageant judges the day before the pageant.
Judges for the Miss Hopi Pageant were Cheryl 'Ieaakhongva of
Hotevilla; Wilfred Gaseoma of Kykotsmovi; Kiarra Pabovehma of Shungopavi;
Bruce 'Ialawyma of Hotevilla and Marilyn Parra of Old Oraibi.
On pageant night the contestants were judged on interviews,
written cultural essay, traditional talent presentations, impromptu
questions and modern talent.
The written cultural essay was based on the theme for this year.
"Itaa' Qatsi Aq Itam Mongvastctsini' or "Succeeding in
Life by following our Cultural Path".
Brennan Sidney and 2012-2013 Miss Hopi 1st Attendant RaeChclle
Antone served as Master/Mistress of Ceremony. Sidney is from First
Mesa and Antone is from Second Mesa. Sidney kept the audience laughing
with his jokes and stories.
The traditional talent featured Pahlikmana dance by Auri Roy,
while Paula Elmer, Robyn Wadsworth and Kourtnie Poleheptewa sang
traditional Hopi songs. Miss Hopi read poem titled. "Her Name
As the judges turned in their last votes for the tabulators
to calculate, there was 30 minute break during which Ila Lomawaima
sang songs and the 2013-2014 Miss Hopi Royalty did their farewell
Before the coronation. the Miss Hopi Committee presented outgoing
2012-2013 Royalty Qumyintewa and Honyaoma with the Miss Hopi Scholarship
awards. They both received a check towards school and a farewell
gift The Miss Congeniality was presented to Lexie James. The Miss
Congeniality award is given to one who is friendly and is willing
to help another without being asked. The contestants determine Miss
The Miss Hopi Committee hopes to engage in more cultural teachings
and presentations for the royalty and the Miss Hopi Committee and
promote the Miss Hopi Royalty in and outside of the Hopi/Tewa community.
"Requests for appearances are always coming in for the
new royally to keep them busy and engaged with the people and they
will also be working on their platform projects," said Carey
Onsae, Chairman for the Miss Hopi Committee.
The Miss Hopi Committee would like to thank Hopi Telecommunications
Inc.; Hopi Credit Association and the Hopi Chairman's Office for
the monetary contributions towards the pageant. Lucas Namoki Sr.,
Hopi Fine Arts, Gourd Jewels, Monongye Gallery, Povi Gallery, Tsakurshcvi,
Horace Kayquoptewa, Wendall Sakiestewa and Ryan Yaiva for the beautiful
contributions to the awards for the royalty and contestants. Nikki
Qwnyintcwa & Family, Lori Honyaoma & Family, Explore Hopi,
Kyle Knox, Beatrice Norton, Lisa Lomavaya; Tiffany Bahnimptewa &
Gregory Lomakuvva for the wonderful stage decorations. Miss Hopi
Committee Officers and members, pageant judges and tabulators and
of course the many volunteers who helped make the pageant a huge
2014-2015 Miss Hopi Committee Officers are: Chairperson Carey
Onsac, Vice-Chairperson Shawn Namoki Sr., Treasurer Veil Davis and
Secretary Rexanne Joscycsva.