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Cheyenne Kippenberger receives outstanding Floridian award

Cheyenne Kippenberger receives an award from the Junior Chamber International. (Courtesy photo)

Cheyenne Kippenberger has proven to be a leader as Miss Florida Seminole, Miss Indian World and as a motivational speaker.

On Aug. 20, the Junior Chamber International (JCI) awarded her the “Cactus” Jack Sewell Memorial Award for “Outstanding Young Floridian.” According to the JCI, the award is typically given to an individual with extraordinary talent and initiative who has made important contributions to the general welfare of the community, state or nation.

Kippenberger was nominated for the honor by Jules Meyer, of PR Pageant Coaches, who helped her prepare for the Miss Florida Seminole pageant. The JCI selection committee selected Kippenberger for the award.

As Miss Indian World, Kippenberger used her platform to advocate for Indigenous people and works to overturn the negative stereotypes and stigmatizations of mental health issues in tribal communities.

JCI, also known as the Jaycees, consists of young people from age 18 to 40 who are dedicated to creating positive change in communities around the world. The organization helps them develop their skills, knowledge and understanding to make informed decisions and become leaders in their communities.

Cheyenne Kippenberger, left, with her grandmother Lawanna Osceola and father Joe Kippenberger at the awards ceremony. (Courtesy photo)

Beverly Bidney
Beverly Bidney has been a reporter and photographer for The Seminole Tribune since 2012. During her career, she has worked at various newspapers around the country including the Muskogee Phoenix in Oklahoma, Miami Herald, Associated Press, USA Today and other publications nationwide. A NAJA award winning journalist, she has covered just about everything over the years and is an advocate for a strong press. Contact her at