Covey named Miss Caroline Farm Bureau
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.”
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.
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.