Archive for June 5th, 2012
“If I can inspire one person to go for it, I’ve done my job.” – Sharen Kicking Woman, as she heads for Stanford University
Look out California, Sharen Kicking Woman is on her way down to Stanford. Missoulian reporter Chelsi Moy shared Kicking Woman’s full story:
As a seventh-grader, Sharen Kicking Woman remembers watching the crowning of Miss Blackfeet during Browning’s North American Indian Days in awe and amazement.
“She was a student at Duke (University),” Kicking Woman said. “I never thought real people went to these schools.”
Now, as the reigning 2011 Miss Blackfeet and a Loyola Sacred Heart High School graduate bound for Stanford University in the fall, Kicking Woman hopes that she, too, can inspire the next generation of Indian girls.
“If I can inspire one person to go for it, I’ve done my job,” said the 17-year-old Missoula native.
As Kicking Woman travels to California in September, she knows that she’s representing more than herself. She’s representing her tribe, her family and all Native American people.