Sidney Kimble of Tahlequah is the new Miss Cherokee 2011-2012. The Cherokee Nation bestowed Kimble with the copper crown and title during the recent Miss Cherokee Leadership competition held in Tahlequah. The outgoing Miss Cherokee, Brooke Hudson of Claremore, passed the copper crown and title to Kimble during the competition. Kimble will represent the tribe throughout the next year as a goodwill ambassador.
"Kimble, 19, is the daughter of Erb and Edna Kimble. She majors in Psychology at Northeastern State University and was president of her senior class, a member of National Honor Society, a member of Cherokee Club and was chosen for Who’s Who Among Native American Students. She is actively involved in sports and volunteers in her community," a Cherokee Nation press release explained.
Kimble and her five competitors were judged in several categories, including interviewing skills, platform presentation, cultural presentation, social skills, tribal knowledge and their use of the Cherokee language.
Kimble spoke Cherokee throughout her entire introduction. She focused on community involvement during her platform presentation and demonstrated to the audience and judges how to make corn husk dolls.
"Along with the title of Miss Cherokee, Kimble receives a $3,000 scholarship and will serve as a goodwill ambassador and messenger to promote the government, history, language and culture of the Cherokee people," the press release stated.
Jaime Dry, 21, of Locust Grove was selected as first-runner up and will receive a $2,000 scholarship. She is the daughter of Johnny and Flora Dry, and attends Northeastern State University majoring in American Indian Studies.
Candice Byrd, 22, of Tulsa was second runner-up and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. She is the daughter of Joe Byrd and Suzanne Moore. Byrd graduated from Oral Roberts University with a bachelor’s degree in drama, television and film.
Kimble will make her first public appearance as Miss Cherokee during the State of the Nation Address at the 59th Cherokee National Holiday over Labor Day weekend.