Cheyenne Walker, local Hawthorne youth and student at Mineral County High School, was nominated to compete in the Miss Teen Nevada International competition in Las Vegas on Dec. 1.

Nominated by the high school, Walker has been attending Hawthorne schools her whole life. She is currently 15 years of age.

“I feel this is a great opportunity. I can earn scholarships and get out and represent Mineral County,” she explained. “What I like about Mineral County is the community spirit and the views.”

Walker has participated in the Armed Forces Day pageant events since the age of seven, winning the title of Miss Armed Forces Day in 2017.

Needing a platform for this competition, Walker chose cystic fibrosis because her nephew suffers from the ailment. “I want to spread awareness,” she told the Independent-News.

Walker has a strong support system at home with her mom and two sisters. She is a member of the National Honor Society and plays softball, volleyball and basketball. In the summer, she hopes to become a lifeguard at the local swimming pool. When she graduates from high school, she will have an associate’s degree. She would like to be a surgical nurse and wants to attend college at the University of Nevada, Reno or Great Basin University.

Those who wish to help Walker out with her quest to become Miss Teen Nevada International can contact her mother, Tonya at 775-316-6702.