KayJah Twinn awarded MIEA High School Student of the Year

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            KayJah Twinn holds a plaque designating her the Montana Indian Education Association Student of the Year for 2018. In addition to the award, KayJah serves as Miss Crow Nation and Hardin High School student body president.

Montana Indian Education Association has awarded Kay-Jah Twinn, 18, their award for High School Student of the Year 2018. She is a senior at Hardin High School and the daughter of Ferdinand Twinn and Wendy Prettyontop-Twinn.

MIEA award recipients were recognized last Thursday evening at a banquet ceremony in the Billings Hotel and Convention Center.

“It is obvious through the letters of support submitted that KayJah exemplifies the importance of education in the lives of Montana’s Indian people,” Salena Beaumont Hill, an MIEA board member, wrote in a letter to Hardin teacher Janie Delp. “It is also evident that she is committed to making a positive difference in Montana Indian education.

“Your nomination for Kay-Jah is exceptional and the MIEA Board of Directors is happy to have selected her.”

KayJah has been on the honor roll since junior high school. She received the Presidential Award for her academic achievements and currently is a member of the National Honor Society. In addition, she has been chosen to represent Hardin High for three years at the Native American Youth Leadership Conference in Montana.

During her freshman, sophomore and junior years, she was president of her class and, as a senior, is serving as student body president.

Her activities in school include volleyball, softball, cheerleading, student council, Business Professionals of America, speech and drama, honor choir, the Hardin Thespian Society, school plays and Bulldog Buddies. During her junior and senior years, she was awarded Speaker of the Year in speech and drama. She has lettered eight times.

KayJah also is this year’s Miss Crow Nation 2018 and will be a representative for the Crow Tribe’s centennial year celebration. In the past, she has been Junior Miss Bozeman princess and Junior Miss Crow Nation princess.

In the future, she plans to get a degree in business administration from Haskell Indian Nation University in Lawrence, Kan.

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