Brushy Elementary student Maysi Fields, 8, of Sallisaw, won the Little Cherokee Ambassador title in the 7 to 9 age division on Saturday.
Celebrating at the competition, above, are, from the left, Miss Cherokee Sunday Plumb; 2015-16 Little Cherokee Ambassadors Kashyag Teehee, Logan Dreadfulwater, Maysi Fields, Max Purget, Casey Henderson and Nathan Lowrey; and Junior Miss Cherokee Chelbie Turtle.
Nearly 20 Cherokee children competed in three age divisions at Sequoyah Schools' gym. The competition marked the beginning of this year's Cherokee National Holiday events on Sept. 4-6.
Hulbert Elementary student Max Purget, 8, also won in the 7 to 9 age division.
Vinita Elementary School student Casey Henderson was crowned as the 2015-16 Little Cherokee Ambassador in the 10-12 age category. Joining Henderson in the male division of Little Cherokee Ambassador is Tahlequah Middle School Nathan Lowrey, 11, of Tahlequah.
Winning in the 4-6 age division was Kashyah Teehee, 5, and Logan Dreadfulwater, 5, both who attend the Cherokee Immersion Charter School.
The Junior Miss Cherokee competition is slated for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Tahlequah Armory Municipal Center and the Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 29 at Cornerstone Church in Tahlequah.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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