New Miss Cherokee 2009, Rachel Elizabeth Hicks, took over the reigns of ambassador for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians a the Miss Cherokee silver crown was placed on her head by Miss Cherokee 2008, Amanda Awee Wolfe on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
Rachel is the daughter of David and Lavinia Hicks. They reside in the Painttown community. She graduated from Cherokee High School in 2008 and attended the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She plans to return next year to pursue a degree in Social Work. Rachel enjoys beading, supporting the Cherokee Braves, attending church, babysitting and hanging out with family and friends.
The Royalty Board is in the process of getting her oriented with her appearance schedule. This schedule involves local appearances and those that will require some traveling. Rachel is being fitted for her Cherokee Royalty dress and accessories. The Royalty Board is pleased that Rachel’s wardrobe and accessories will be made by our own Cherokee women. Rachel is a Tribal employee. She works at the Painttown Gym. Pam Taylor, her supervisor, has requested an activity schedule for Miss Cherokee. The Royalty Board is pleased that Pam is helping us as we work to promote Miss Cherokee, 2009.