On September 30, 2014, Navajo Technical University Public Administration major Glennis Yazzie of Chinle, Arizona outlasted two other contestants and was crowned Miss Navajo Technical University for the 2014-2015 academic year.
NTU’s annual pageant took place at the Holiday Inn Chinle and had contestants compete in three categories: traditional talent, contemporary talent, and essay writing—which required contestants to explain what they would do if crowned Miss NTU. Yazzie danced powwow and explained how to weld for her talents, but it was her essay that set her apart with special recognition.
“I promised to be a well-respected ambassador for the university and that I would enhance and embrace Navajo traditions with education,” said Yazzie. “I also explained how I would represent the university and all it stands for in a positive manner.”
In her short time serving as Miss NTU, Yazzie has already been active representing the university in various events. In October she appeared in the Northern Navajo Fair in Shiprock and also served as the mistress of ceremonies at the Rough Rock School District Fall parent meeting. Recently she participated in the 1st Annual NM LEADS conference in November and helped with NTU’s annual breast cancer awareness activities in Crownpoint.
“I want to empower and inspire people to not be afraid to succeed in life and to go further with their education,” said Yazzie, whose clans are Tó’aheedlíinii (Water Flows Together) and ‘Ásh??hí (Salt People). “There’s no expiration date on when you can succeed in your education.”
Miss NTU is the first royalty position held by Yazzie, although she had previously ran for Miss Chinle High, Miss Chinle Junior High, Little Miss Central, and Miss Central Navajo Rodeo Association. Although she wasn’t successful in her previous pageants, Yazzie took pride in how her previous experiences helped her get to where she is today.
“I’m proud to say I’m the ambassador for the only university on the Navajo Nation,” Yazzie said. “I hold the title with high respect.”
Runner up for the Miss NTU pageant was Administrative Office Specialist major Ursula Williams of Nazlini, Arizona. Pre-Nursing major Ariel Jones of Many Farms, Arizona placed third. Williams was voted Miss Congeniality and Yazzie was voted Miss Photogenic. All three contestants attend NTU’s Chinle instructional site.