The 59th Choctaw Indian Princess Pageant gets underway tonight, serving as the opening of the 64th annual Choctaw Indian Fair. Ten Choctaw ladies will vie for the title of 2013-2014 Choctaw Indian Princess.

Contestants are:

• Recent Choctaw Central graduate Mindee Latrice Cotton is the 18-year-old daughter of Melinda Amos. She is a resident of the Bogue Chitto community and attends Sandtown United Methodist Church.

She plans to attend East Central Community College to study Cosmetology this fall. She hopes to one day open her own salon. Miss Cotton is sponsored by Bogue Chitto Development Club.

• Onnahinli Deas Denson is the 18-year-old daughter of Holly Denson. She resides in the Standing Pine community.

She is a recent graduate of Choctaw Central. She will attend Mississippi State University this fall.

Her hobbies include hanging out with friends, playing soccer and being active. Her favorite part of the fair is the stickball games. She is sponsored by the Non-Gaming Properties of Pearl River Resort.

• A rising junior at Choctaw Central, Trinesa Elaine Isom is the 16-year-old daughter of Denise Isom. She resides in the Conehatta community.

One of her favorite hobbies is beading traditional jewelry. Her plans are to attend Ole Miss to study pre-law.

Miss Isom is sponsored by the Conehatta Development Club.

• Lanena Grace John is a Pearl River resident and the 18-year-old daughter of Dawnena and Shaunrey Jefferson.

She loves to dance traditional Choctaw dances. Some of her hobbies include spending time with family and friends, traveling and meeting new people. Her favorite food is Indian tacos from the Williams stand.

Miss John is sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club.

• Mariah Gail Lewis, 18, is the daughter of Annette Lewis and Barry Jim Jr. She is a resident of the Pearl River community. She recently graduated from Choctaw Central and will attend Haskell Indian Nations University to major in sports therapy.

Miss Lewis loves to play basketball and spend time with family and friends. She is sponsored by the Pearl River Development Club.

•Eighteen-year-old Conehatta resident Kaley Dee McMillan is the daughter of Tarina and Harvey McMillan Sr. She is a graduate of Choctaw Central and will study nursing at Meridian Community College.

Her hobbies include drawing, dancing and playing basketball.

Miss McMillan is sponsored by the family of the late Roger Lee Anderson.

Sixteen-year-old Robin Marie Routh is the daughter of Maria Farmer and Robert Routh. She resides in the Pearl River community. She will be a junior this fall at Choctaw Central.

Her plans after high school are to attend college and become a pediatrician. Her favorite part of the Fair is dancing with her social dance group. Her favorite food is Indian tacos. Robin is sponsored by the Choctaw Tribal Schools.

• Emily LeAnn Shoemake is the 17-year-old daughter of Gregory and Tracy Shoemake. A Conehatta community resident, her favorite fFair memory is watching the Koni Hata stickball team win the championship.

She wants to be a good role model for young girls. Her future plans are to attend Mississippi State University or an out-of-state college to study veterinary science. Miss Shoemake is sponsored by Trustmark Bank.

• Kelsey Cheyenne Vaughn of the Bogue Homa community, is the 16-year-old daughter of Ronnie and Brenda Vaughn.

She will be a sophomore this fall at Northeast Jones High School.

Her favorite Choctaw tradition is creating beadwork. Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends and playing softball. Kelsey is sponsored by Bok Homa Casino.

• Anna Marie Willis is the 17-year-old daughter of Angie Taylor and Simeon Willis and is a member of the Tucker community.

She is a rising junior at Choctaw Central and a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Miss Willis' hobbies are playing basketball, beading, cooking, fixing hair, helping her grandmother with gardening and taking pictures.

She is sponsored by the Tucker Development Club.