Campbell University has had many students become beauty queens throughout the years, but Elizabeth Qua Lynch has earned the unique title of Miss Indian North CarolinaThe junior biology pre-medical major received her new title on March 12, at the 35th Annual American Indian Unity Conference in North Raleigh. Lynch's Indian name, Phe:ti Stackwia, means Fire Eagle.
"I am proud and honored that I now represent the eight tribes of North Carolina, which includes the Haliwa-Saponi, the Coharie, the Lumbee, the Waccamaw-Siouan, the Cherokee, the Meherrin, the Sappony and the Occaneechi," said Lynch. "I will be visiting the different tribal communities, tribal powwows, educational programs and other public events."
This was the second "pageant" she has participated in and said this pageant is not like most pageants. It's not all about the glitz and the glam. There was a traditional talent portion, regalia interview, personal interview, on stage question and a platform statement. Her platform was entitled "Getting to Know Us: INDIAN and PROUD."
Lynch feels like this is only the beginning of a long journey in which she plans to help and impact tribal communities across the state.
"I will carry out the message of â€˜Getting to Know Us: INDIAN and PROUD' everywhere I go throughout my reign. It showcases history, culture, spirituality and unity between us Indians, as individuals and as the different tribes here in the state."
After she graduates, she plans to attend medical school to become an ophthalmologist. She doesn't know if she will continue doing pageants; however she plans to take the necessary steps to always represent her people with pride, dignity and respect.
"I don't feel as though I have to have a crown or title to represent my tribal people," said Lynch. "I encourage all of you to be proud of who you are and get to know where you come from."
Photo Copy: Campbell University junior, Elizabeth Qua Lynch has earned the unique title of Miss Indian North Carolina. Photo provided by the Campbell Times.