The 2014 “Miss Indian UNM Pageant” (MIUNM) took place last night on April 21 at Keller Hall on the University of New Mexico campus at Albuquerque, N.M. Catherine N. Montoya gave the welcome address at 6 p.m. She is an adviser for the MIUNM pageant contestants. The mistress of ceremonies was Delilah Kinsel (Navajo Nation) who is the reigning Miss Indian UNM 2013-14.
The judges for this year's pageant were introduced to the audience. They include, Travis Suazo, Benny Shendo (State Senator), Ashley Pino (Miss Indian New Mexico 2013-14), Pamela Agoyo & Robin Minthorn.
Delilah introduced the 2014-15 contestants to a packed audience. They included, Tia Benally (Navajo Nation), Melodie Cruz (Ohkay Owingeh) & Alicia Tsosie (Navajo Nation). Each young lady took the microphone, spoke about who they are & which tribe they represent.
Delilah then introduced the musical performer of the night. His name was Wade Adakai (Navajo Nation). He chatted with Roscoe Pond before the show & stated that he was nervous but ready to perform. Wade writes & sings original music that has a contemporary sound about his personal life.
The Keller Hall seats were filled from the front & all the way to the back. Each UNM pageant contestant chose from a basket of cards that had questions on them. Delilah read each card question for the contestants to answer. Melodie Cruz was very popular as her family & friends applauded the loudest whenever her name was mentioned.
As the contestants got ready for their traditional performances. Delilah asked 7 audience members to come onstage & answer fun impromtu questions. Wade Adakai performed a second song for the audience. All three young ladies gave their best traditional performance in front of the supportive & enthusiastic audience.
Delilah Kinsel gave a tearful farewell speech & retired her crown as well as her sash. She was given a $500 scholarship plus a beautiful designed Pendleton Blanket. Alicia Tsosie was chosen as the 1st Runner-Up. Melodie Cruz was then crowned as the “2014-15 Miss Indian UNM.”