Miss Diné College 2014-2015 CrownedOct 1st, 2014 | By tcj | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive
The Miss Diné College Pageant Committee has selected Ms. Delta Higdon of Valley Store, Arizona, as the college’s new ambassador. Ms. Higdon’s clans are Naasht’ézhí Táchii’nii born for Kinyaa’áanii, her maternal grandparents clan are Tódích’íi’nii and her paternal grandparents clan are Bilagáana. As a 2013 graduate of Navajo Preparatory High School, the newly crowned ambassador is currently studying education and is active on the college’s cross-country team.
“As Miss Diné College, I would like to see more students involved with Diné College events and activities,” said Ms. Higdon. “Participation from students brings pride to the student body that creates an environment of fellowship and enthusiasm for learning.”
As a student at Navajo Preparatory School, Ms. Higdon was an all-around athlete who ran cross-country, track, and was on the basketball team. During her senior year, she helped the Navajo Prep cross-country team win the state championship. She was also active with the student government as the senior class president and involved with the Naataanii Youth Council.
At Diné College, Ms. Higdon enjoys the scenic setting of the College which helps her to embrace the Navajo culture as an athlete. She notes, “Seeing the mountains on our morning runs helps me to reflect on my heritage and my team. Being on the cross-country team we compete as a unit and accomplish community outreach projects in which we participate.” She is most impressed with the availability of resources at the tribal college for students and takes full advantage of them to achieve success.
Miss Diné College’s desire is to help young students achieve their dreams. Upon completing her associates degree at the college, she plans to pursue her aspirations of becoming a physical educator and a cross-country coach somewhere within the Navajo Nation.