“Honoring and Balancing Our Modern and Traditional Ways” was the theme of the 18th annual Junior Miss Salt River Pageant, held Friday, June 11 at the Salt River Community Building.
The master of ceremonies was Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member Rito Lopez, and mistress of ceremonies was Esther Moyah. The current Junior Miss Salt River 2009–2010, Alia Shaw, sang the national anthem and gave the welcome. Two 13-year-old contestants competed for the Junior Miss Salt River title: Aianna Davis, whose parents are Helena Garza, Gilbert Garza, Jr. and Bo Davis; and Kailey Toney, daughter of Kathy and Theodus “Odie” Toney.
The evening began with the young ladies coming out in their modern wear and introducing themselves. Then they performed their traditional and modern talents for the judges and the audience. Toney did a traditional dance called “The Swing.” She selected this dance as a child because she wanted to participate in the dance with the Salt River Traditional Dance Group. Davis sang a song by Miley Cyrus called “The Climb.”
The young ladies went backstage to prepare for their next competitions, the traditional dress competition and essay recitals on the theme of “Honoring and Balancing Our Modern and Traditional Ways.” After both recited their essays and modeled their traditional wear, it was time for Shaw to give a farewell performance and take her final walk as Junior Miss Salt River 2009–2010.
After the judging was complete, Shaw presented both Davis and Toney with several awards based on their scores. Both received gifts including a sash, a shawl, a gift bag with various items, and an iPod Touch. Finally, Davis was named the runner-up and Toney was crowned Junior Miss Salt River 2010–2011.
Toney was presented with the Junior Miss Salt River crown and sash, along with a Pendleton blanket, a shawl, a netbook, a scholarship and luggage for traveling.
If for any reason the current Junior Miss Salt River cannot carry out the duties of the title, the runner-up will be given the opportunity to serve as Junior Miss Salt River.