The 2013-2014 Miss Utah Navajo is Lavina Yellowman, 24, from Montezuma Creek, Utah."It was nerve-wracking," Yellowman said. The first thing that went through her head when she was announced the winner was, "Am I ready for this?"
"I was nervous and most of the people in the crowd I knew," Yellowman added because the competition
was held at Whitehorse High School in Montezuma Creek. Yellowman admits that she didn't really think it was real that she got crowned Miss Utah Navajo until she walked downstairs to her living room the following morning to see her crown and sash. The pageant had four judges and
they were judging the modern and traditional talents, an essay on what the contestants hope to achieve as Miss Utah Navajo, their overall poise, impromptu questions and confidence on stage.
For the traditional talent Yellowman said she sang a song in Navajo, and that performance was the first time she ever sang in public. For her modern talent she did an educational presentation on bullying because
that will be the focus of her platform. "My platform goes back to bullying, trying to prevent bullying and promote anti-bullying," Yellowman said, adding that she wants
to encourage youth to pursue and emphasize the Navajo language as well as live a healthy lifestyle through eating healthy and exercise.
The reason why Yellowman wants to focus on bullying is because when she was younger she was a victim of bullying due to her appearance. Yellowman grew up with a single parent, her mother. There wasn't a lot of money, so she would get picked on for not having name-brand clothes in school. "I think it will be a challenge to help change bullying because some people are not willing
to change, but it will be worth the try and challenge to take on," Yellowman said.