Sixteen-year-old Mackensie Schofield of Troy was recently crowned National Ayrshire Queen at the annual Ayrshire convention held June 21-24 in Altoona, Iowa. She also was named Distinguished Ayrshire Junior for her collective achievements as 2017 Overall National Ayrshire Youth Winner.

Mackensie lives on her family's Happy Acres dairy farm in northern Waldo County with her parents, Wayne and Jennifer Schofield, and sisters Colleen and Nicole. A junior at Mount View High School in Thorndike, she is active in band and basketball, and is a member of the Little Beavers 4-H Club.

Among her duties as the reigning queen, Mackensie will be expected to attend at least one national show in Madison, Wisconsin; Louisville, Kentucky; West Springfield, Massachusetts; or Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She also will be asked to attend state meetings, shows and sales, as well as the national Ayrshire convention next summer.

Mackensie is also asked to write a paragraph for the National Ayrshire Digest, a bimonthly publication for Ayrshire farmers across the country.

Contestants were judged on poise, appearance, overall intelligence, speaking ability, knowledge of the Ayrshire breed, experience within the dairy industry, how they interacted with others throughout the week, and on their answers to a surprise question asked at the convention banquet.

In competition for her other honors, Mackensie entered a notebook of all her involvement within the Ayrshire breed, involvement in the dairy industry, awards won through her Ayrshires and what she has learned, plus a scrapbook showing off her Ayrshires.

At the convention, Mackensie also had to give a 5- to 6-minute presentation about herself, her cows, and her involvement in the dairy industry and within the Ayrshire community. She also had to know facts about her Ayrshires and farm operations.

Mackensie will be responsible for funding her trips to the national shows and convention next year.