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Former Miss Cocopah Shelyne Twist Running for Miss Indian Arizona

People and Culture

Shelyne Twist, who served as 2012-2014 Miss Cocopah, is again running for the coveted title of Miss Indian Arizona.

If she wins, Ms. Twist will be the first Miss Cocopah in the organization’s 54-year history to attain this honor.

Last year, she won the pageant’s essay competition.

The 24-year-old Miss Twist recently completed her junior year at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She was born on the Cocopah reservation and lived there until she was 16 years old. She graduated from Yuma High School in 2009 where she made the National Honor Roll.

 During her two-year term as Miss Cocopah, Twist represented the Tribe at numerous Native American events throughout Arizona, California, and New Mexico. In addition, she has participated in numerous community events including the Cocopah Cultural Celebration, the Annual Yuma Jaycees Rodeo

The 54th Annual Miss Indian Arizona Pageant will be held on October 10 in Chandler, Arizona.

 Shelyne Twist, Miss Cocopah 2012-2014, shares her thoughts on what inspires her to run for the state title and some advice for aspiring royalty.