Laney Maria Lupe is representing the White Mountain Apache Tribe. She is the 22-year-old daughter of Fitzgerald and Eliza Lupe. Laney Graduated from Park University and received her Bachelor's degree majoring in Sports and Exercise Science focusing on Exercise Physiology. Growing up as an athlete, Laney enjoys physical activity. Laney stated "Physical Activity can aid in one's life physically, mentally, and spiritually.” I want to help prepare the younger generation when they start their future journey, especially any indigenous student-athletes. I want to maintain and apply my craft in any given situation and continue to advance my learning thorough new experiences in any shadow or volunteer opportunities." Due to her passion in sports, Laney's platform, if selected as Miss Indian Arizona would be "Promoting the Importance of Being Physically Active."
Tonana Ben is representing the Navajo Nation. She is the 20-year-old daughter of Gerld Ben and Brenlla Gilmore. Tonana is majoring in Biological Science with an emphasis in Biomedical Studies at Arizona State University. As she plans for graduate school she would like to attend her dream school, the University of Washington. There she would like to pursue a career in Indigenous Genetic Research. Tonana states "My goal is to improve indigenous health for the future generations to come while protecting our data sovereignty. Something we still fight to protect today." In her free time she enjoys extracurricular activities, hanging out with friends and spending time with her pets, her Dog "Kora" and her car "Chitty". If selected as Miss Indian Arizona, Tonana would like to promote "Representation of Indigenous People in STEM Professions." She believes that our representation matters and is something we should strive for.
Kelsey Ann Martinez is representing the Gila River Indian Community. She is the 25-year-old daughter of the late Lionel A. Martinez and Melanya Pasqual. Kelsey's hobbies include writing poetry, creating beaded jewelry, leatherworks, and horseback riding. One of her personal goals is expanding her work Kekiwan Hemu Grassroots Organization, start a women's talking circle hosted in each of her community's district, and partner with entities to create mentorship programs to encourage youth to conduct their own outreach programs. If selected as Miss Indian Arizona, her platform would be "Implementing Traditional Teaching into Living a Healthy Lifestyle." Kelsey states "I want to use my platform to help others gain a voice. Ensuring their needs are met and their opinions are heard. I hope to remind others of their worth and know they are sacred."
Stacia Colleen Scott is representing the Colorado River Indian Tribes. She is the 26-year-old daughter of Leo Scott Sr. and Ginger Swick-Scott. Stacia graduated from Parker High school and currently works for the Colorado River Indian Tribes in the Head Start Preschool. Stacia states "I plan to obtain my certificate in Early Childhood Development while working at CRIT Head Start. Then work towards a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. I plan to be a teacher to help encourage not only educational learning but cultural education amongst the youth." Stacia enjoys listening to traditional bird songs up and down the Colorado River and meeting new friends at gatherings. If selected as Miss Indian Arizona, Stacia plans to "Promote Mental Health Awareness among Native Americans."