Provo City School District has two amazing Navajo female students that took part in a cultural, service-oriented leadership pageant this past Saturday in Park City and placed in top positions. Lily Jansen (Provo Peaks student) was crowned and named Miss Shiyazhi (1st place) and Mya Jansen (Centennial Middle student) was crowned and named Miss Hozho (2nd place).

In order to participate in the pageant the girls had to perform a certain number of service hours and provide a cultural presentation where they demonstrated what their Navajo culture means to them.

The Miss Shiyazhi Princess Pageant is a program born out of Utah’s Annual Adopt A Native Elder Program. The purpose of the Adopt a Native Elder Program is to raise money to help provide food, water, firewood, and medical supplies for more than 80 Navajo elders who live on the Navajo reservation. In Native American communities, the elders are revered and well respected because of the love and teachings they provide to the younger generations.

This year Lily and Mya will represent/advocate for the Adopt A Native Elder Program. Their responsibilities will include representing their Navajo culture and the program at nation wide leadership events and powwows. The program they will represent will help them learn the past/current struggles of the Navajo people and will also inspire them to help the Native Elder communities and educate the Non-Native communities.

Congratulations to these girls for their great examples and all of their hard work.

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