Goodbye Halito, My name is Kristie McGuire I have held the Miss Choctaw title for a year and now I am here tonight to place this crown on the next girl who will be an ambassador for the great Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
I don’t know where to start other than thanking all of you for being here tonight. Whether it is for support, helping with the pageant, or just to watch the events take place tonight. I need to thank Chief Pyle, Asst. Chief Batton and all the tribal council for their wonderful hard work they do for the great people of the Choctaw Nation. These guys do so much for their people, such as allowing us the opportunity to conduct a pageant and putting together this great festival we host every year, and I would like to stand up and give them a round of applause. I also need to personally thank Faye and Elaine. Both of you have helped me in ways I couldn’t imagine and I’ll never forget what you have done for me, so thank you!
This year has been a wonderful, fun filled learning experience. Especially with Elaine and Faye being the pageant coordinators. Let me tell you that there is never a dull moment when being around those two. They are a hoot to be around and they have taught me how to have fun and enjoy life. I am truly going to miss you both. I have learned so much from the two of you and it has been a pleasure being able to travel with you and get to know you both a little more. Mahala, you are like a little sister to me and I love you and your family so much. You all have truly touched my heart and although we are saying farewell tonight this is not goodbye. Rachel I hope that I have been a role model for your beautiful children and can continue to be there although our princess year has come to an end. Nikki this year has been so much fun and I was so fortunate that I was able to share some of the best memories of my life with you and Dayla. Many memories have been made throughout this previous year. I’ll never forget the time Rachel, Mahala, and I were in California driving through the mountains to see the giant sequoia and red wood trees and we almost ran out of gas! We had no cell service and nothing to eat but an orange, but due to God we made it to the gas station in the nick of time! Or when I got into a vehicle accident with Faye, Elaine, and Connie. I will never forget the time that Elaine lost the truck keys and we had to call someone and wait forever on the corner for the extra set to arrive. I have met so many wonderful people with this title and visited so many beautiful places while traveling, I just hope that this next girl can enjoy this whole year as I have. I have learned many valuable assets that I will carry with me throughout my life.
Since I was a child, this has been a goal of mine that I had always wished to achieve. It took many many times before I finally won. I didn’t give up on what I wanted and neither should you. If you see something you want, work for it. Don’t get discouraged if at first you don’t succeed. There are other opportunities and just keep your mind set that you will achieve all that you have worked for. I would like to thank everyone for their encouragement and support. So now I say farewell and I wish the best of luck to the next princess.