TUBA CITY, Ariz. - Nanibaa Sischillie, a sixth grade student at the Eagles Nest Intermediate School (ENIS), won a tightly paced traditional skills contest in Tuba City last week to be named the new ENIS Princess for 2013-14.
ENIS Principal Justin Roberson described Sischillie, the daughter of Liranda Friday, granddaughter of Claudia Seschillie and Ned R. Yellow from the Deer Clan, Navajo Nation, as "a great kid.
Nanibaa's a wonderful student and is a full participant in our band program and also a good cross country runner," he said.
Sischillie sang two Navajo songs, the first a family song and the second was a prayer song, to win the toughest part of the competition, which was the traditional skills category.
Sischillie plans on putting on several fundraisers this year during her reign as ENIS Princess starting with a cancer walk with her fellow students.
Five young ENIS students competed for this year's title. Sischillie credits her mom and grandmother for constant encouragement, for helping her to practice her songs and to help her get dressed in her traditional clothing.
"I was so happy when I heard the announcer call my name to say who won," Sischillie said. "I wasn't really sure about winning and was kind of nervous, but I was happy too, just to sing for my mom and my grandparents and my other friends who were there to support me. I really appreciate all the care and encouragement that everyone has given me."