Ada — “As Chickasaw Junior Princess, I shall be a positive example and represent our people in the highest fashion,” she added.
Jacee Grace Underwood is the 8-year-old daughter of Joseph Underwood and Eugenia Postoak Underwood. She is in the third grade at Homer Elementary School, Ada, Okla.
She is following in her mother’s footsteps.
“I think it will be fun to see new places and meet new people. Being princess will be a new adventure for me. It will be an honor to represent the Chickasaw Nation on my new adventures.
“Also, because my Mema was Chickasaw Princess and I look up to her for being a strong Chickasaw woman and leader,” she added.
Julie Underwood was named the first runner-up 2013-2014 Chickasaw Princess; Chickasaw Junior Princess first runner-up was Hailey Ellis and first runner-up as Little Miss Chickasaw was Lauren Key.
The 2012-2013 Chickasaw royalty, Chickasaw Princess Autumn Underwood, Ada; Chickasaw Junior Princess Chelsea Wedlow, Ada; and Little Miss Chickasaw Payton Robertson, Ada, also bid farewell at the Chickasaw Princess pageant.
Ms. Robertson told the capacity crowd she could not believe the year she served went by so quickly.
“It makes me sad that I will no longer be Little Miss Chickasaw, but I know the new Little Miss Chickasaw will have as much fun as I had and that makes me happy,” she said. She thanked all of the people who encouraged her to compete for the title and said serving has boosted her confidence. “I have learned so much this last year about my Chickasaw heritage,” she added.
Chickasaw Junior Princess Chelsea Wedlow thanked her family and supporters for making her realize “I come from a long line of strong Chickasaw women. I served the Chickasaw Nation and stood tall representing the people of the unconquered and unconquerable Chickasaw Nation,” she said. Ms. Wedlow drew laughter from the crowd when she related how her brothers teased her about being a princess, but she thanked them for “keeping me grounded in my thoughts and actions” during her reign.