2017-18 Miss Cherokee Madison Whitekiller
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Miss Cherokee Madison Whitekiller, 19, of Claremore, was recently named among the Claremore Daily Progress 40 under 40 recipients, an annual award that recognizes individuals from Rogers County for their community influence and involvement.
“The very first thought I had when I heard there would be a 40 under 40 award in Claremore was that I knew I had to nominate Madison Whitekiller,” Tribal Councilor Keith Austin said. “I am so proud the awards committee agrees with me. She is truly a leader of tomorrow.”
Now in its second year, the program selects recipients based on their influence on local business, industry, nonprofits, the faith community and community involvement.
“We are so proud of the amazing example that Miss Cherokee Madison Whitekiller sets for all of Cherokee Nation,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “Throughout her reign she has served as a strong ambassador for Cherokees of all ages and is no doubt deserving of recognition from her hometown of Claremore.”
Throughout her reign as Miss Cherokee, Whitekiller has visited area schools, nursing homes and community organizations advocating for the empowerment of women, and has traveled as a tribal ambassador to at-large community meetings across the United States.
“My initial reaction to finding out that I was nominated for the 40 under 40 was shock,” Whitekiller said. “I feel so honored and blessed to have this distinction, and I’m grateful that people have noticed the hard work that I put into being a leader for the Cherokee Nation.”
Winners will be honored during an awards ceremony and reception Aug. 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore and are featured in the August/September edition of Claremore’s Reveal magazine.
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