By FAITH LONG
MISS CHEROKEE 2017-18
This month has flown by. I started the month off with the Gatlinburg parade, and then I was able to be in the Bryson City parade the very next day. Unfortunately, the weather was against us when I tried to attend the Robbinsville parade and I was snowed in at school all weekend.
Speaking of school, I finished the first semester of my sophomore year with great grades and I’m thankful for all the support. My winter break started off busy. I continued to intern for Sequoyah Fund, and I was also able to attend a dinner with the Cherokee Youth Council. I was able to work with them with team bonding and was introduced to Chance Rush, who gave great life tips and shared his own story.
Earlier, I was able to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Kanvwotiyi treatment center in the Snowbird Community. I am on the Jones Bowman Leadership Award Council, and we completed our project for the year. We fundraised, purchased, and put together fifty bookbags for the Family Safety program in Cherokee. This project was very close to me because I feel that our youth are the future, and investing in our future as a Tribe will benefit us when the future becomes the present. The Family Safety program is always in need of donations. You can find their website here: https://www.cherokee-hmd.com/family-safety/index.html.
I had a very good holiday season, and I am so thankful the continued support from my family, the groups I am in, and my board.
I can’t wait to see what January holds for me.
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