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Lynda Watt said she was "shocked" on learning she had been named pow wow princess by the North American Iroquois Veterans Association for the July 14-16 celebration. This was the eighth annual NAIVA Pow Wow, but the first billed as a national event. A Salamanca High graduate, Watt will be a sophomore at Cornell University this fall, majoring in policy analysis and management. She was a New York state champion in the high jump in 1999 and runner-up in 1997. During high school, she was captain of the football cheerleaders, a member of National Honor Society, Close Up Club and was on the honor roll all four years. She is employed in the nation's Johnson-O'Malley summer recreation program. She tutored Seneca high school students before the term ended in June. Watt is the daughter of Al Watt and Sally Severtson and resides with her paternal grandparents, Sparky and Boots Watts in Jimestontown. Her maternal grandparents are Margaret and David Phearsdorf Sr., Carrollton.