UNITY Youth Crowned ASU Royalty
Not just one, but two UNITY 25 Under 25 awardees and former National UNITY Executive Committee members were crowned as Mr. and Miss Indian Arizona State University at the recent scholarship pageant. Congratulations to Tashoni Morales, of the Tachi-Yokut/Te-Moak W. Shoshone tribes, and Lance Sanchez, of the Tohono O’odham Nation, as they continue to inspire the Native youth across Arizona.
The pageant was held on the Tempe ASU Campus and scholarship awardees were crowned on the jumbo screen in the newly renovated Sun Devil Stadium at this year’s ASU Pow Wow. Morales explained “running for Miss Indian ASU allowed me to share my message in a unique way. It was an awesome experience! All of the contestants were amazing and are strong indigenous students who inspire me in many different ways. I am very blessed and grateful to have been crowned this years Miss Indian ASU! Let’s continue our Resilience Through Education!”
“It is an honor to be crowned Mr Indian ASU 2019-20” said Sanchez “The experience of participating in the pageant alongside the other contestants was awe-inspiring! Being able to witness them step out of their comfort zones and share their culture and aspirations for their future endeavors was amazing! The future of Indian Country is bright: together we rise, together we thrive! I look forward to a year of representing the indigenous community at ASU alongside the rest of the MMIASU court.”
Along with Morales and Sanchez, the First Attendants will help serve as ambassadors to promotion higher education to Native youth across Indian Country. The Mr Indian ASU 2019-20 1st Attendant is Gabe Garcia, Tohono O’odham, majoring in Supply Chain Management, BS, Design Studies, MIN, and Global Technology and Development, MS “We must learn to strive so we can learn to thrive” said Garcia. The Miss Indian ASU 2019-20
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The Miss Indian ASU 2019-20 1st Attendant is Savannah Nelson, from the Diné Nation (Navajo). Her majors are Nutrition (Dietetics), BS, with a Mathematics, Minor. Nelson explained that her platform is to promote “healing Indigenous youth, families, and communities from historical and intergenerational trauma.”