Tribe member selected as Dogwood duchess
From Enterprise Staff
Marleigh Robinson has been selected to represent the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas in the 80th annual Tyler County Dogwood Festival in Woodville March 27-April 1. Robinson will join 24 other visiting duchesses from Southeast Texas to participate in a number of events such as a breakfast for duchesses, Jean Fling, Kingsmen’s Ball and the Dogwood Parade in the days leading up to the Dogwood Queen Coronation held the evening of April 1.
Robinson is an 18-year-old senior at Woodville High School. She is the daughter of Valerie Celestine Robinson and the late Curley Robinson of the Reservation. Grandparents are the late Nelson and Vivian Celestine of the Reservation and the late Harry and Florence Robinson of Livingston. She is of the Beaver clan.
She competes on the Woodville Eagles girls’ softball team as pitcher and is an active member of the Alabama-Coushatta Inner Voice Youth Council. She attends the First Texas Indian Baptist Church. Her future plans are to continue her education and major in accounting and real estate. In her spare time, she likes to read, play on her phone and hang out with friends and family. Robinson said her tribe and her people are very important to her and that she is happy to be an active member of the community. She said she appreciates this honor and opportunity to represent the tribe at this annual event and will strive to be a good ambassador for her people.
Robinson’s escort for the Tyler County Dogwood Festival is Tavian Battise, a junior at Big Sandy High School. Battise is the son of Kendi Battise of Livingston and the late Daniel Battise of the Reservation.