GREYHILLS - On the evening of Oct. 5 as tornadic force winds howled outside Greyhills Academy High School Auditorium, Mashayla Lynn Smith, a Kinlichii'nii, born for Biih bitoodni from Rocky Ridge won the 2006-2007 Miss Greyhills Pageant.
Seven young ladies gave outstanding performances in the modern and traditional competitions.
Judges found selecting the most outstanding contestant difficult because all the young ladies gave their best to be the next Miss Greyhills.
Following the pageant, Smith gave the following statement.
"I am enrolled at Greyhills Academy High School. My parents are Jeffery Smith and Lynnette Sloan," she said.
"My hobbies include horseback riding and playing basketball. My life long goals are to learn my traditional Dine' language and to earn a degree in the medical field. I would like to pursue my education at Brigham Young University in Utah.
"My ambition is to take this leadership and to believe that I can be a good role model for my peers and all young girls. This opportunity as Miss Greyhills has challenged me to learn more about my unique culture as Dine' Indian.
"I have completed some community services during the summer in environmental cleaning. I will continue my volunteer services as I reign as Miss Greyhills. I like to focus on working with the elderly people and the veterans. Currently I am fund raising so I can begin my projects for the upcoming holiday season like Thanksgiving Food Drive and Staff Appreciation Dinner.
My family has always included our cultural practices in everything we do. My parents supported me in the extracurricular activities I became involved with. I am grateful to be able to do this with the help of my family, teachers, mentors, and friends guiding me to lead the next school year. To hold the title to Miss Greyhills is truly an honor."