Miss Cherokee Sky Wildcat was recently inducted into the Northeastern State University Hall of Fame after bringing state and national recognition to the university in her role as tribal ambassador.
The university recognizes students annually who bring special attention to the school or who make unique contributions to the university. Wildcat was one of three 2017 Hall of Fame inductees at this year’s Hall of Fame Ovation Awards Ceremony in April.
Wildcat, whose platform as Miss Cherokee focuses on environmental preservation, was nominated by Dr. Christine Hallman, an associate professor of geography. Her nomination was then reviewed by a selection committee.
“The nomination was humbling,” Wildcat said in a press release. “To be selected to NSU’s Hall of Fame, I never would have expected that. When I went into NSU, I got to know more of my community and I got to know more about my identity, and that really pushed me. My experiences at NSU led me to mentors and advisers and friends to depend on. I learned that we can’t do it all on our own.”
While at Northeastern State University, Miss Cherokee Sky Wildcat double-majored in geography and psychology. She is now enrolled in a master’s program at NSU, which will begin in the fall. She plans to work in higher education and hopes to someday earn a doctorate degree.
As Miss Cherokee, Wildcat traveled to Washington, D.C. to represent the Cherokee Nation during Cherokee Days at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and has acted as an ambassador for the tribe at community meetings, gatherings and during legislative events.
She has also been involved in the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, where she served as vice president and secretary. She was a member of Alpha Pi Omega sorority and is a RiverHawks Initiating Service and Engagement scholar, a former Miss Native American Student Association and a former Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth councilor.
Wildcat will travel to Denver for the United National Indian Tribal Youth Conference in July.
“I’ve watched Sky grow as a person and she always had these great qualities, but those qualities blossomed over the time I’ve known her,” Dr. Hallman said in the release. “She’s definitely a leader and she’s strong. She has shared in class that we have unity through diversity and that we can all come together, whatever the cause, to find common ground. She has a way of pulling people together and she has these incredibly insightful moments. Her journey is incredible. She’s taught me a lot of things—like a role reversal.”
Hallman said Wildcat is dedicated to environmental issues, especially water and how it relates to the Cherokee Nation. Wildcat has advocated for land preservation, recycling, and awareness of environmental footprints both in her college studies and as Miss Cherokee.
Wildcat’s photo will be included among other NSU Hall of Fame inductees inside the University Center on the Tahlequah, Oklahoma campus.
She was also honored this year as an NSU outstanding senior and graduated Summa Cum Laude.