2013 Miss Indian Arizona - Alyssa Garcia

2013-14 Miss Indian Arizona Alyssa Garcia

Alyssa Garcia, representing the Ak-Chin Indian Community, was crowned Miss Indian Arizona, 2013-14 on October 12, 2013. She is the daughter of Lisa and Manual Garcia and is the first member of the Ak-Chin Indian Community to every participant in the Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Program. She served as Miss Ak-Chin, 2011-12 and is currently the president of the Ak-Chin Youth Council and is a member at large on the National Congress of American Indians Youth Commission.

Alyssa also won the Best Talent, Best Evening Wear and Community Service Awards.

Alyssa recently graduated from Seton Catholic Prep and is currently attending the University of Arizona where she is seeking a Health Science Degree focusing on Physiology. In addition to staying on the honor role, Alyssa is committed to service and was the winner of the Community Service Award in this completion. Her platform as Miss Indian Arizona is to encourage community involvement through community service.

The new Miss Indian Arizona enjoys time with family and friends, reading, listening to music and playing sports, including the O’odham traditional game of Toka. For the past ten years she has participated in the Ak-Chin Ba ban Keihina dance Group.

Alyssa will now face a rigorous year of travel to many Arizona Indian reservations and special appearances at various schools, pow-wows and other state events. She will also travel to several out of state events. In addition to this schedule she is expected to maintain her school attendance which will be very challenging. The Miss Indian Arizona Association’s philosophy is that education is a very high priority.

Mykhal Mendoza of the White Mountain Apache Tribe was selected 1st Attendant to Miss Indian Arizona. She is the 22 year old daughter of Donminci and Melissa Bonney and is currently a senior at Arizona State University where she is pursuing joint degrees in Political Science and American Indian Studies. Mykhal was also the winner of the Best Oral Presentation Award.

2nd attendant to Miss Indian Arizona is Marissa Johnson, from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. She is the daughter of Diana and Leland Johnson and is currently attending Scottsdale Community College where she is seeking an Associate’s Degree in Cinematic Arts.

Other awards were received by:

  • Elisa Briones, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Miss Congeniality
  • Ann Marie Salt, Navajo Nation, Essay
  • Reyes Tom, San Carlos Apache Tribe, Community Service
  • Wynona Peters, Tohono O’odham Nation, People’s Choice

The Miss Indian Arizona Association congratulates all the winners and extents sincere thanks to all the participants and their parents.

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