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Outgoing Jr. Miss Salt River Sialik King places the crown on the new Jr. Miss Salt River 2017-18, Sistine Lewis.

Sistine Lewis Crowned Jr. Miss Salt River 2017–18

On the evening of June 9, two Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community teens took center stage to compete for the Jr. Miss Salt River crown, 15-year-old Alyssa Andrews and 15-year-old Sistine Lewis, who ultimately was crowned Jr. Miss Salt River 2017–18.

The theme of this year’s pageant was “Cultivating the Traditions of Our People.” The festivities kicked off with a welcome from SRPMIC Council Member Deanna Scabby. Daryl Lynn Jay and her brother Andy Jay, both from the Gila River Indian Community, served as the MC’s for the evening. The national anthem was sung by SRPMIC member Ariana Chiago, and the invocation was given by Jr. Miss Salt River 2016–17 Sialik King.

The 25th annual event had contestants participate in talent, semi-formal attire, essay and traditional dress categories. They were rated by five judges.

Andrews’ talent was making traditional and ornamental gourds. For her semi-formal attire, Andrews wore a floral print cotton dress with a sweetheart neckline, blue and black pumps, and sunglow colored scarf. For traditional attire, Andrews wore an early 20th-century two-piece Pima cotton O’odham dress. Her skirt displayed three O’odham baskets and a water swirl design on the bottom trim and side. Her handmade cowhide sandals were topped off with shell accents. She also wore shells and glass beads around her neckline, along with silver and copper bracelets. Andrews wore her hair long and straight.

Lewis chose to share a song and dance called the Coyote Song for the talent portion of the event. She danced with yakta in the low glow of the stage lights. Lewis wore a peach evening dress with a lace top and open back for her semi-formal attire. For her traditional attire she wore an off-white cotton wraparound dress with black flower and water designs. She wore her hair down and straight, along with a traditional shell necklace.

The event concluded with Andrews being crowned Jr. Miss Salt River First Attendant and Lewis winning the congeniality award, talent award, essay award and traditional dress award, along with being crowned Jr. Miss Salt River.

To learn more about Jr. Miss or Miss Salt River, please contact the Miss Salt River Committee at (480) 362-7474.

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