Pageant recognizes Native leadership

Posted: Friday, April 23, 2004

Rose Natkong of Pelican won the 2004 Miss Tlingit Haida Youth Leadership Pageant that was held April 16 at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in Juneau.

Natkong was one of six contestants who participated in activities from April 14-16. First runner-up was Madeline Soboleff-Levy of Juneau, and the second runner-up was Amelia Rivera of Juneau. The other participants were Stacey Roberts of Juneau, Koren Ruth DeBell of Kake and Brooke Y. Leslie of Wrangell.

Pageant activities included regalia making with Alberta Aspen, a University of Alaska Southeast campus tour and interviewing techniques with Janice Holst.

The contestants had to turn in a pageant application, a 15-minute interview with the judges and a presentation. As part of their presentation, the contestants were required to introduce themselves by identifying their clan, family and Tlingit and/or Haida names. They were also asked to describe their regalia and present a traditional activity or speech.

Natkong, 20, is the daughter of Rodi Young and Rose Miller of Pelican. Natkong is Tlingit and Haida, Eagle Dakl'weidee Killerwhale, and a graduate of Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka. She attends the University of Alaska Southeast.

"This is our third annual Miss Tlingit Haida Youth Leadership Pageant," pageant coordinator Jackie Tagaban stated in a press release. "I am very pleased with the success we have had so far.

"I have really enjoyed participating in an event such as this that truly recognizes and honors our young Native women, who not only will be great leaders of our tribe but are currently leading youth through their involvement in their communities," Tagaban said.

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