Published On: Fri, Oct 21st, 2016

Local royalty visits with Chief Lambert

Keneya Jade Simpson, who recently won several awards at the Sunburst USA Beauty Pageant in Asheville, is shown with Principal Chief Patrick Lambert on Friday, Oct. 21.  (EBCI Communications photos)

Keneya Jade Simpson, who recently won several awards at the Sunburst USA Beauty Pageant in Asheville, is shown with Principal Chief Patrick Lambert on Friday, Oct. 21. (EBCI Communications photos)

Kaneya Jade Simpson, an EBCI tribal member, recently competed in the Sunburst USA Beauty Pageant in Asheville where she won awards for: Best Halloween Costume – Tiara, Best Personality, Top Model Look, Prettiest Smile, Prettiest Eyes, Prettiest Hair, Best Attire, and a trophy for Sunburst Photogenic Winner.

Simpson will compete in the State Finals in May in Charlotte. Other previous Sunburst winners have gone on to compete and win Miss America, Miss USA, and Miss Universe pageants.  In addition, she won the 2017 Little Miss Heart of the High Country title held in Lake Junaluska where she also was awarded Prettiest Smile and Hair.  She will compete for the National Title in April 2017 in Sunset Beach.

Simpson is the daughter of Lexi Bushyhead and granddaughter of Joel and Kelly Queen.

Chief Lambert commented, “I am extremely proud of Kaneya and all of the young Cherokee ladies who compete in these events.”

– EBCI Communications