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CHS Junior Earns Title, Crown of Miss Indian RRPS
Posted on 11/21/2019

A talented junior at Cleveland High School has a busy year ahead of her, as the new Miss Indian RRPS.  Makila Furcap, of the Diné (Navajo) tribe, earned the title and was crowned at Rio Rancho Public Schools third annual Native American Pageant on Thursday November 21.  She’s shown here receiving the crown from the outgoing Miss Indian RRPS, Elizabeth Riley. 

It isn’t easy being Native American royalty.  Contestants must be Native or Indigenous students in grades 9-12; have knowledge of native language and tribal traditions; and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above. 

To earn the title, contestants must develop a platform they will carry out during their reign – Makila’s is promoting Native American culture within the student community – and write an essay about the platform, as well as obtain letters of recommendation and as peer/community signatures of support.

Contestants also must demonstrate a talent.  Malika performed Waltz Op 26 No. 6 on the viola, an instrument she’s been playing for the last five years. 

As Miss Indian RRPS, Malika (shown here with her family) will represent the district at various events throughout the year as well as carry out her platform.  She’s also active in DECA and orchestra at Cleveland High and pursues painting and photography.  Her ambition after high school is to attend college to become a Doctor of Radiology.

The annual Native American pageant is one of many activities sponsored by the the RRPS Native American Parent Advisory Committee (NAPAC), the best-known of which is the annual Pow Wow held each spring.  NAPAC is committed to providing each Native American Student with the foundation to remain culturally connected while achieving academic success as a valued member of society.