Nez wins title of Lil' Miss Warrior

Young talent, pride in tradition, practicing their own Native language and academic achievement were all a large part of the pageant contest held at the Tuba City Primary School last week.

Fifteen young primary aged girls competed in the new 2006 Lil' Miss Warrior Pageant.

At the evening's end, Ciera Nez was crowned as this year's winner.

The new Lil' Miss Warrior Ciera Nez is the daughter of Maureen and Clyde Nez of the Todichiinii clan born for Tliziilani from Coalmine.

Her royal court of First Runner Up is Alisa Yazzie, the daughter of Sharon and LeShawn Yazzie, from the Tlaashchii born for Todichiinii, a native of Tuba City.

Second Runner-up Kylie Granger, is the daughter of Saraphina and Teddy Granger Jr. of the Tlaashichii born for the Naasheteezhi Tabaaha clan, also a native of Tuba City.

Third Runner-up ReAnne Dodson, is the daughter of Rena and Hanson Dodson, of the Ashiihii born for Todichiinii clan from Coalmine.

Additional young contestants in the pageant were, Cheyenne Joe, Mya Keeswood, Cheryl Hatathlie, Jaden Williams, Almaesa Attakai, Kiana Ownspipe, Kali Macintosh, Taylor Bennett, LeRaya Black, Eldora Fatt and Sarah Mattern.

The evening featured student and local community talent and entertainment, with the Pledge of Allegiance given by Erinn Benally, the outgoing 2005 Lil' Miss Warrior Princess. A musical presentation by Bobbie Benally was given. The Master of Ceremonies was Ray Baldwin Louis, the invocation was given by Mrs. Ella Bedonie and the benediction by Bennie James.

Judges for this year's contest were LeSandra Hascon, Marie Nez and Leander John.

Awards were donated generously by Eric James, Jennifer Benally, James Family, Lillian Bancroft and LaDawna Beard. Refreshments for the evening were provided by the family of outgoing Lil' Miss Warrior Princess 2005 Erin Benally.

To request a royalty appearance at your community event by this year's new princess winner, contact the Tuba City Primary School at (928) 283-1062.

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