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55th Miss Indian Arizona Crowned

2014 Contestent Winners

The 55th Annual Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Program came to an end with the crowning of Shaandiin Paul Parrish of the Navajo Tribe. She was crowned as Miss Indian Arizona, 2016-17 on October 8th at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Shaandiin is the 22 year old daughter of Shelly Parrish and Timothy Begay and has one brother and one sister. She is attending Arizona State University and plans to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Service and Public Policy. Shaandiin serves on the ASU American Indian Council and is a past Miss Indian Arizona 2nd Attendant. She also received the awards for Talent and Oral Presentation.

Although Shaandiin was born and raised on the Navajo Reservation she is not fluent in the Navajo language. To be fluent is her greatest educational and personal goal. She completes in pageants to improve her public speaking abilities, to practice the Navajo language and to learn more about her culture.

As Miss Indian Arizona, Shaandiin’s platform will be to encourage Native American youth of Arizona to DREAM BIG. “I believe that the power of change lies within the hands of the current generation’s youth. Children have imaginations beyond belief and I believe this creativity can help our Native American communities to innovate new solutions to old problems. Everything starts with a small thought that might grow into a dream. I think the youth just need encouragement to pursue their dreams by setting goals. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the people that believed in me”.

Mykhal Mendoza of the White Mountain Apache Tribe, was selected First Attendant to Miss Indian Arizona. She is the 24year old daughter of Melissa and Donminic Bonney and has two brothers. Mykhal holds two bachelor’s Degrees from Arizona State University and is presently attending Abilene Christian University for a Master’s Degree in Higher Education. She is presently employed as a Program Coordinator at Playworks (AmeriCorps) in Phoenix, Arizona. Mykhal also received the Miss Congeniality and Evening wear awards.

Second Attendant to Miss Indian Arizona is Mariah Jordan Sharpe, from the Colorado River Indian Tribes. She is the 18 year old daughter of Isaac and Chaweka Sharpe She also received the Community Service and People’s Choice Awards. Mariah is currently attending Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, Arizona and plans to transfer to the University of Hawaii at Manoa to pursue her studies in the medical field.

Morgan Smith from the San Carlos Tribe received the Essay Award.

This year’s theme was: Miss Indian Arizona: Connecting, Inspiring, Evolving.

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


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

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