Covey named Miss Caro­line Farm Bureau

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

DEN­TON — The Caro­line County Farm Bureau named Colonel Richard­son High School ju­nior Mackenzie Covey the 2018 Miss Caro­line Farm Bureau at the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s an­nual sum­mer pic­nic Thurs­day, July 12.

The event fea­tured a spe­cial 1950s theme with trivia, games and dé­cor for the decade at the Caro­line County 4-H Park near Den­ton. Farm bureau mem­ber Julie Ce­sarini planned the event, which in­cluded a host of homemade dishes for din­ner

Covey is a mem­ber of Colonel’s var­sity soc­cer, bas­ket­ball and track teams. She is a part of the Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, Spirit Club and Leo Cub.

“The Leo Club is my fa­vorite,” she said. “This past year, we got to make cards for mil­i­tary in nurs­ing homes. We did dona­tion drives for an­i­mal shel­ters. We help the com­mu­nity a lot.”

Covey grew up on a dairy farm, and would help her dad with the cows.

She said farm bureau is im­por­tant to her be­cause she wants to work with the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion to show­case lo­cal agri­cul­ture to stu­dents.

“A lot of kids now don’t re­al­ize how much agri­cul­ture is in their life,” she said. “They don’t know where the food comes from. They should do field trips around the county to see what they do on farms, how the an­i­mals are brought up and learn about the grains that are in your food.”

Covey, along with her fel­low stu­dents at Colonel, par­tic­i­pates in the an­nual Trac­tor Day each April. Lo­cal farm­ers line up their trac­tors in the park­ing lots, and stu­dents get a chance to sit in­side and learn more about the equip­ment.

Mary­land Sec­re­tary of Agri­cul­ture Joe Barten­felder, of Barten­felder Farms in Pre­ston, also vis­ited the event in April.

Though only a ju­nior, Covey has be­gun en­rolling in

col­lege cour­ses. She hopes to be­come an early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion teacher.

The farm bureau also awarded five schol­ar­ships to stu­dents in col­lege. The $800 schol­ar­ships went to Tess Stuz­man, Mes­siah Col­lege; An­nie Harris, Sal­is­bury Uni­ver­sity; Adam Col­lier, Delaware Tech; Hunter Geisel, Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land; and Emily Ward, Sal­is­bury Uni­ver­sity.

“Thanks to your gen­eros­ity and sup­port­ing the fundrais­ing ef­forts at the ban­quet in Fe­bru­ary, the board has de­cided to in­crease the amount of each schol­ar­ship from $500 to $800 and in­crease how many schol­ar­ships from four to five,” said John Saathoff, who runs the farm bureau ju­nior farmer schol­ar­ship fund.

The farm bureau raised more than $4,700 dur­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s an­nual ban­quet in Fe­bru­ary.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­one’s sup­port of the farm bureau and schol­ar­ship fund,” said Caro­line Farm Bureau Pres­i­dent Glen Plutschak at the Fe­bru­ary ban­quet. “It is a big deal for us to sup­port lo­cal stu­dents as they con­tinue their ed­u­ca­tion. We could not do that with­out the help and sup­port of the com­mu­nity.”

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Colonel Richard­son High School ju­nior Mackenzie Covey sits on a John Deere trac­tor af­ter she was named 2018 Miss Caro­line County Farm Bureau Thurs­day, July 12.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

The Caro­line County Farm Bureau awarded $800 schol­ar­ships to An­nie Harris, left, Sal­is­bury Uni­ver­sity; Adam Col­lier, Hunter Geisel, Emily Ward (not pic­tured) and Tess Stuz­man (not pic­tured) at the an­nual sum­mer pic­nic Thurs­day, July 12.

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