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Highland High School Fall Pageant and Pow Wow

Highland High School Fall Pageant and Pow Wow

Young dance participants in the HHS Fall Pageant and Pow Wow.

A new Miss Native and Chief of Highland High School were crowned during the 9th Annual Highland High School Fall Pow Wow that was held on October 18, 2008 in the historical Highland High Gym. The events began on Wednesday in the Highland Performing Arts Center with the pageant competition. Nine judges were commissioned to decide the next Highland High School Native Royalty. Nine girls and three boys competed for Miss Native Highland High and Chief of Highland High this year. In addition to beautiful traditional outfits, the students brought with them a variety of talents ranging from singing and dancing, to comedy and cultural demonstrations. It was truly an evening to remember.

A great deal of preparation was necessary to plan and carry out these events. On October 1st the students held a community dinner to raise money and provide some great Native food selections. Graphic programs such as Illustrator and Word were used to create fliers and programs for advertisement for the Pow Wow events. Marketing efforts by students included faxing and posting fliers around the community and schools. Students also spoke on the radio airwaves to advertise and promote the events. Students met during evening meetings to prepare scripts, power point presentations, and practice talents.

The selection and crowning of the Native Royalty during the Pow Wow was a great success. Featured groups participating in the events included the La Mesa Elementary School singers and fancy shawl dancers and the Wilson Middle School Fancy Shawl Dancers. The many dancers and 9 drum groups made this a memorable event. It is estimated that over 500 people attended this special gathering. A special highlight of the evening included the outgoing Miss Native Highland High School Ariel Ellsworth passing the Crown to Chantal Francis, and Chief Laniel Muskett passing the Sash to the new Chief, Kameron Begay.

All students were required to give their self reflection of the events by using the new Indigenous Evaluation Rubric developed by the Indian Education Department. An extreme amount of growth was documented in the area of mastery, belonging and sharing. For some students this was the first time they went out of their way to help and support other classmates. In addition, students who had experience and leadership skills volunteered their knowledge to ensure the success of others.

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