62nd Annual Miss Florida Seminole Pageant
In 2018, I was crowned Miss Florida Seminole and held the title officially until I was crowned Miss Indian World, April 27, 2019. Per my duty as Miss Indian World, I relinquicshed my title as Miss Florida Seminole but still had the honor to thank my tribe and all those who were apart of that journey during the Miss Florida Seminole Pageant. This was a weekend I have been counting down the days for! Our Miss Florida Seminole Princess Pageant! We start the weekend off with our welcoming orientation where I got to meet our contestants! This year we had 14 total, 8 Jr Miss contestants and 6 Miss contestants. That same day they begin trainings and rehearsal for pageant night and the banquet dinner. We had the contestants dinner for the girls at Dave n Busters that night. The next morning was back to training and rehearsals! They worked hard and it showed in their introduction speeches at banquet night. I was able to welcome our guests and present my gifts to my committee members and the outgoing Jr Miss FL Seminole. I loved being able to see the girls open up and gain confidence in their public speaking and talents throughout the days. The last day consisted of interviews with the judges and pageant night! The time was finally here!! They all did so well and made me so proud! I gave my farewell speech and crowned our new Miss and Jr Miss Seminole, all in front of my family, friends, and community. Congrats to Davante and Aubee, I am so proud of you both and know will do an incredible job this year! My highlight was being able to be on the other side of the pageant as a committee member, rather than a contestant. It is such a beautiful thing to see a group of native girls come together and encourage and empower one another.
This weekend really helped me realize the importance of pageantry in our communities. These programs bring such a positive encouragement to our young women. It teaches our girls so many things that help them not just through their pageant weekends, or reigns, but to their entire lives. These pageants and titles empower our young women and help them to be proud, confident, and feel strong. I learned how much work goes behind the curtain for a pageant! I have so much respect for my committee and fellow committee members! Pageant weekend was intense, but incredibly rewarding. I am already looking forward to next year.