Miss Indian RRPS Pageant

First Miss Indian RRPS Named
Posted on 11/22/2017
Amayla Huskey, Miss Indian RRPSRio Rancho High student Amaya Huskey, shown here presenting her talent at the Miss Indian RRPS pageant, is the district’s first Miss Indian RRPS.  She will represent Rio Rancho Public Schools at various events throughout the year as well as carrying out her community service platform.

Prior to this year, Rio Rancho High and Cleveland High each chose their own native royalty.  This year, it was decided that the a single competition would be held district wide including all four high schools, including also Independence High and the Cyber Academy.

To qualify for participation, contestants are required to demonstrate a knowledge of native language and traditions, maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA, submit an essay describing a community service platform, provide two letters of recommendation, and submit petition signatures from peers and the community demonstrating support.  Five young women met these demanding criteria and participated in the pageant on November 17.  There, each of the finalists presented a talent, and answered an interview question from judges Miss Indian New Mexico Janessa Bowekaty, Miss Indian UNM Caitlynn Mayhew, and Mayor Gregg Hull.

Miss Indian RRPS contestantsAmaya Huskey had the highest total point score and was crowned Miss Indian RRPS.  She is second from the left in this photo.  The runner-up, Jessica Sanchez from Cleveland High (third from left), was named Jr. Miss Indian RRPS.  The other three participating contestants were (from left to right next to Jessica) Denica Tafoya, Rio Rancho High; Autumn Rose Black Shawl, Cleveland High; and Tylee Tayong from Rio Rancho High.  The contestants are flanked by the judges: Mayor Hull on the left and Janessa Bowekaty and Catilynn Mayhew on the right.  

The process also provides for recognizing young men as RRPS Brave and RRPS Jr. Brave.  However, this year, no interested gentlemen met the rigorous qualification for participation.