Cherokee Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Junior Miss Cherokee Madison Whitekiller and First Lady Sherry Baker.
Published August 28, 2015
TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA — Verdigris junior Madison Whitekiller, of Claremore, was crowned the 2015-16 Junior Miss Cherokee at the 24th Annual Junior Miss Cherokee Competition Saturday, August 22, 2015.
For the next year, Whitekiller will act as a goodwill ambassador for the tribe, promoting the government, language, history and traditions of the Cherokee people.
Five teens competed for the honor at the Tahlequah Armory Municipal Center in three categories: cultural presentation, impromptu question and a speech on their platform.Whitekiller, 16, earned her sash and crown after she presented the history of the Cherokee syllabary, answered what one thing she would do for the Cherokee people and gave a speech on the importance of reading.
“Being crowned Junior Miss Cherokee means so much to me, because I worked so hard months ahead of time to get where I am now,” Whitekiller said. “I’m just ready to get out in the communities and meet all the great Cherokee people, and be able to educate those who aren’t Cherokee about our culture and history.”
During her reign as Junior Miss Cherokee, Whitekiller hopes to visit schools throughout the tribe’s jurisdiction to promote the importance of reading. In addition to the crown, Whitekiller also received the cultural presentation, traditional dress and Miss Congeniality awards. Whitekiller is the daughter of Suzy Whitekiller.
Elizabeth Hummingbird, 17, of Stilwell, was named first runner-up, with Danya Pigeon, 15, of Tahlequah, named second runner-up. The Junior Miss Cherokee competition is held each year in conjunction with the Cherokee National Holiday. The Miss Cherokee competition is slated for 6 p.m. Saturday at Cornerstone Church in Tahlequah.