The new Miss Cherokee 2016-2017 is Sky Wildcat, a Northeastern State University senior was crowned during a leadership competition at Cornerstone Fellowship Church in Tahlequah, OK.
Wildcat will receive a $3000.00 scholarship will represent the Cherokee Nation as a goodwill ambassador for the next year.
As a goodwill ambassador, she will promote the history, language, government and culture of the Cherokee people. In addition, as Miss Cherokee 2017, Wildcat will travel Oklahoma and the United States as a youth ambassador visiting with children of all walks of life.
Wildcat is the daughter of Victor and Tammy Wildcat.
There were nine other contestants that Ms. Wildcat competed against for the crown. The contestants were judged on their use of the Cherokee language, cultural and platform presentations, and an impromptu question. For her cultural presentation, Sky shared the history of the Cherokee basket weaving.
Wildcat’s philosophy and goals focus on protecting land, water, and our natural resources. “I really want to advocate for my platform of environmental preservation during my year as an ambassador for the tribe,” Wildcat said. “I also just want to educate others and our youth that there is a lot that they can do to change the world.”
Miss Cherokee first runner-up was Amari McCoy, of Sallisaw, who earned a $2,000 scholarship. Second runner-up was Madison Shoemaker, of Muskogee, who earned a $1,000 scholarship.
Judges for the Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition were Gloria Mitchell Cooksey, Linda Holderby, Stacy Leeds and Curtis Washington.
Past Miss Cherokees have met with President Barack Obama, attended a White House Generation Indigenous Initiative for Native Youth, spoke at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and attended many events hosted by the tribe.
Congrats, on your tenure and ambassadorship on behalf of the Cherokee Nation and Indigenous America, Sky Wildcat. We wish you the world of fantastic experiences that will last a lifetime.