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L-R Sistine and Mikah after pageant night at Talking Stick Resort. Submitted photo.

Jr. Miss Salt River Sistine Lewis

Sistine Lewis is the current Jr. Miss Salt River for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

Since June, she has represented the Community and participated in and made several appearances at Community and non-Community events. Her platform is to encourage the youth to be more involved in their culture and traditions.

She is the daughter of Cecelia Lewis and the late Knute Phillip Lewis. She is the granddaughter of Carmelita Martinez Moore (Miss Salt River 1970-71).

Lewis, 15, is a sophomore at Coronado High School in Scottsdale. Alyssa Andrews is Jr. Miss Salt River First Attendant.

When Miss Salt River Mikah Carlos is unable to attend an event, Lewis often fills in for her in a variety of ways, such as offering prayer or giving the welcoming speech or a keynote address. She is always prepared for the moment.

“The Jr. Miss court really takes initiative; it’s just the two of them, which really brings them a little bit closer together,” Pageant Committee Chair Martha Ludlow-Martinez said. “I think Sistine really takes on that role of being a leader and a role model, because for a lot of Jr. Miss girls, they’re really self-conscious in the sense they don’t think they can do it (going out there to speak or sing). But with Sistine, I hope through this program she is realizing her capabilities.”

O'odham royalty from all sister tribes gather for a photo. Submitted photo
Lewis is enjoying her time with the royalty court that she sees as role models. She’s also been recruiting for next June’s pageant, including working with Andrews to prepare for pageant day.

The next Jr. Miss Salt River recruitment meeting will be on January 30 at 6 p.m. at the Round House Café. A new Jr. Miss Salt River will be crowned in June.

To request an appearance by Jr. Miss Salt River, email MissSaltRiver@SRPMIC-nsn.gov. Appearance requests need to be submitted at least two weeks in advance, or 30 days if a talent performance is requested.

L-R Joesell Garza, Sistine Lewis and Alyssa Andrews at the O'odham New Year celebration in Sacaton, Arizona. Submitted photo. Jr. Miss and Miss Salt River court take a picture with Santa while getting ready for the SRPMIC Christmas Light Parade. Submitted Photo.

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