Mackenzie Pearson wants to be a role model, meet new people, and experience all that the Putnam County Fair has to offer.
That is why she entered as one of 10 candidates vying for the 2006 title during the annual queen pageant, set for 7 p.m. Saturday, July 15 in the Community Building at the Putnam County Fairgrounds. Admission is $2.
The daughter of George and Tanya Pearson, Bainbridge, and the sister of Megan, she is a 2006 graduate of North Putnam High School. She will be attending the University of Indianapolis in the fall to major in pre-medicine.
Mackenzie is a 10-year 4-H member, and in high school was president of FFA and active in Student council, National Honor Society, Cougar Kick-Off Mentor, Student Adviser Board, softball, basketball, cross country and golf. She says her hobbies are hunting, watching movies and playing cards.
The best advice she offers to a younger person is to "work as hard as you can at everything you do because hard work always pays off."
She says the event that has had the greatest impact on her life was when her older sister moved away to college.
"We were best friends and she always looked after me, so when she left, I had to become a self-sufficient and responsible adult," she said.
The people she admires most are her parents. "They have taught me so many life skills and raised me to be the well-rounded, respectable individual I am today."