American Miss Pageant finalist

Ya'ateeh!

My name is Trisha Ann Curley. I am 13 years old. I was selected as a state finalist for the National American Miss Pageant July 16-18 at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas.

I live in Tuba City, Ariz. I am a full-blooded Navajo, of the To'dich'ii'nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for the Kiyaa'aanii (Towering House Clan). My cheii's clan is Naakai'dinee (Mexican People Clan), and my nalii's clan is Ashiihi (Salt People Clan). My parents are Eunice and Allen Curley. My brother Nicholas is a freshman, and my sister Nicole is a senior at the Tuba City High School.

I'm an eighth-grader at the Tuba City Boarding School. I was on the "A" Honor Roll, and played JV basketball. I was also on the track and field team, where I earned six ribbons and 'placed' in every meet in the areas of shotput and discus. At the end of the season, I received a plaque from my coach, Gary Riggs. In addition, I earned a Gold Medal for the Reading Olympics.

When I found out I was a state finalist, I was very happy and honored to be chosen to represent Tuba City. The reason why I applied for this pageant was to work on my acting career. I also wanted to prove to people that Navajo girls do have special skills and talent and can even make it to Hollywood.

My hobbies are hanging out with my two very best friends, Shailor Saganitso and Melissa Phoenix, and helping my family. This summer, I was planning to volunteer at the church for Vacation Bible School (teaching arts and crafts), and later, volunteer at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center Gift Shop.

The reason for this pageant is to help young ladies to have confidence and be happy with who they are. The winner of this pageant will receive a $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses and air transportation to compete in the National Pageant at Disneyland in California. Pageants are held for girls ages 4 to 18 in five age groups.

The National American Miss pageants are dedicated to celebrating America's greatness and encouraging its future leaders. Each year, the pageant awards thousands in scholarships and prizes to recognize and assist in the development of young women nationwide. All activities are age-appropriate and family-oriented.

Families interested in receiving information about this unique and outstanding youth program may visit www.ganiiss.com

The National American Miss pageant is for "Today's Girl" and "Tomorrow's Leaders." The pageant program is based on inner beauty, as well as poise and presentation, and offers an "All-American spirit of fun for family and friends." Emphasis is placed on the importance of gaining self-confidence, learning new skills, learning good attitudes about competition, and setting and achieving personal goals. The pageant seeks to recognize the accomplishments of each girl while encouraging her to set goals for the future.

I am looking for sponsors to help me raise money for expenses. My address is PO Box 1437, Tuba City, AZ 86045. I would appreciate anything you would contribute. I just want you to know that community support is important to me. I promise you I will represent Tuba City as a true Native American girl.

For the Formal Dress portion, I will be wearing my traditional clothing ,which is my rug dress and turquoise jewelry.

I am especially grateful that my father, Allen, respects the traditional way, and wants me to do that too. My father also encouraged me to make a speech on "walking in beauty" in the Navajo way. So, thank you very much for your support and donations. It means a lot to me.

A'hee'hee.

Trisha Curley

State Finalist

2005 Miss Arizona

Jr. Teen Pageant

Tuba City, Ariz.

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