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Mikah Carlos crowned as Miss Salt River.

Mikah Carlos Crowned 2017–18 Miss Salt River

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community has a new Miss Salt River.

Mikah Carlos captured the crown during the annual Miss Salt River pageant on June 10. Angelica Gonzales and Joesell Garza also competed.

“Cultivating the Traditions of Our People” was this year’s theme, and each contestant took turns displaying their best for the Community and the pageant judges.

The evening started with SRPMIC President Delbert W. Ray, Sr. welcoming everyone to the event, followed by the Salt River Police Department posting the colors and the opening remarks by Miss Salt River Committee Chair Valerie Lewis.

Each participant introduced herself formally to the audience, which was followed by the talent portion of the competition. Gonzales performed “On My Own” from the musical Les Misérables. Carlos performed spoken-word poetry while her photography was projected onto the large screens. Garza shared a Piipaash story about the Tortoise and the Coyote.

Next was the modeling of their formal attire and reciting their essays. The contestants walked out wearing evening gowns and went into their essays, which had to follow the theme of the pageant.

In the traditional talent portion of the pageant, each contestant displayed knowledge of O’odham or Piipaash cultural traditions.

After that, the audience was treated to performer Gregorio Blue Gonzales, who provided musical entertainment with a number of songs on his electric guitar.

The traditional dress and the impromptu question portions of the pageant followed, after which more entertainment was provided by Ballet Folklorico Fuego de Phoenix as the judges totaled up the scores.

Carlos received the highest score in the formal wear and traditional dress categories. She also won the memorial Dorothy Lewis Traditional Talent award, based on her knowledge of O’odham traditions and language. Gonzales was awarded Miss Congeniality, while Garza won the talent and essay categories.

Former Miss Salt River Emily King crowned Carlos and presented the gifts and awards.

Garza was named First Attendant and Gonzales was named Second Attendant.

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