This past week Evelyn Two Eagle competed in the USA Ambassador South Dakota Pageant and received the title of Miss Black Hills Teen and received the Community Service Award for her Category.
Two Eagle, from Porcupine, South Dakota, said when she first heard of the pageant, she wanted to try something new to get out of her shell and her comfort zone. The pageant is also about volunteerism and community focus.
The USA Ambassador Pageant is a charity driven organization that promotes success through leadership, integrity, character, and confidence to its pageant contestants. Founded in the Fall of 2010 by Barbara & Kristin Thurston, a mother daughter team, the pageant was established to promote each contestant’s individual strength and encouraging its queens, contestants, and families to be involved in their communities and serve as ambassadors. To date, the USA Ambassador Pageant has donated to over twenty different charity organizations across the country and continues to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization which serves as their National Charity Beneficiary.
Evelyn has been a big help by volunteering her time at the food fridge and the elder site in Porcupine, South Dakota. After she’s finished with class, she would head to the elder site, help with the meal trays, and visit with the elders and listen to their stories. She has been helping for several years and enjoys her time there.
Two Eagle is a sophomore at Oglala Lakota
County Virtual High School in Rockyford, South Dakota. After she graduates high school, she plans to go to college and get a degree in either nursing or education.
One thing Evelyn liked about the pageant was how helpful and nice everyone was, the other contestants, the parents and the judges were always able to answer any questions and gave the contestants guidance when needed. Two Eagle also represented her people by wearing a ribbon skirt during the pageant as well.
“I feel like pageants for young women and girls are needed here on the reservation because it would help get them out of their comfort zone, they can meet new people and come across new opportunities,” said Two Eagle.
“I loved that I was able to get out of my comfort zone and make new friends while competing. I want to thank my school, Oglala Lakota County Virtual high school for all the support and encouragement they have given me,” said Evelyn.
Evelyn and her family are now fundraising for Nationals which will be taking place down in Florida in July.
Brittany can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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