Shields crowned Miss WEIO 2017

Photo by Greg Lincoln

The newly crowned Miss World Eskimo Indian Olympics is Olivia Piiyuuk Shields of Anchorage. She was awarded her title on Saturday night during WEIO in front a large crowd at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks. Her parents are Sam and Agatha John-Shields. Piiyuuk’s grandparents are Paul and Martina John of Toksook Bay.

Shields participated in a week-long frenzy of activities along with six other ladies participating in the Miss WEIO Pageant. They include Miss Arctic Circle Macy Kenworthy, Miss Nuchalawoyya Fayleen Peters, Miss Fairbanks Native Association Jazmine Jones, Olivia Shields, Maritza Nuglene-Gomez, Miss Cama-i Regina Pingayak-Simon, Miss Top of the World Angelica Telfair, and Miss WEIO 2016 Jalene Kanayurak.

During the pageant the ladies participated in many events including visiting the library, the museum, the Denali Center, Doyon, the Morris Thompson Center, and the Riverboat Discovery. The contestants also were featured in the Golden Days Parade.

The Miss Congeniality award was given to Regina Pingayak-Simon of Chevak.

The 1st runner up is Miss Arctic Circle Macy Kenworthy of Kotzebue. 2nd runner up went to Miss FNA Jasmine Jones of Fairbanks. And winning both the Most Traditional and Most Talented awards was Olivia Shields. Congratulations for a job well done!