Onsae Named Native American Youth Ambassador
Recently four young women competed for the honor of representing Flagstaff high schools as Native American Youth Ambassador 2001-2002. At the end of the evening, Jessica Onsae (Hopi), the daughter of Carroll and Debra Onsae, took the title against stiff competition. (Her maternal clan is rattlesnake. Her paternal clan is coyote and her father is from the village of Hotevilla).
Eugene Begay served as the program’s emcee. Though he expressed that he’d never served in that capacity before, Begay performed successfully, providing a lively and humorous pace.
This is the first year the competition has carried the title, Native American Youth Ambassador. Previously known as the Miss Indian Youth of Flagstaff, the title was changed to allow young men to compete for the honor. Though one young man had signed up for the competition, he was unable to participate.
The role of Youth Ambassador, Begay explained, is to educate non-Indian students about Native American life, while being a role model for younger students, particularly in regard to education.
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