Destiny MacKenzie, a seventh-grader at Medomak Middle School, is living up to her name. She is the current Junior Miss of Maine in the Miss U.S. of America pageant system, having won the title last month at the Sheraton in Windsor Locks, Conn.

During the April competition, MacKenzie also was named Miss Popularity and Hospitality Queen of New England. As a reigning pageant queen, she expects to be part of the Thomaston 4th of July parade, although she already has been asked to be in Augusta’s Whatever Family Festival parade on the same day. When it comes to the Maine Lobster Festival parade, however, the conflict will be harder to resolve. On July 31 and Aug. 1, she will be representing Maine in the Junior division of the Miss U.S. of America pageant in Windsor Locks.

Fitting her pageant career into her life is a challenge, as MacKenzie is very busy in school. At MMS, she has been involved in soccer, drama and MATHCOUNTS. She is on the honor roll and next year will be taking algebra across the parking lot at Medomak Valley High School.

MacKenzie is following in the paths of several of her family members and in October, a group of them will compete in the same pageant, albeit in different divisions. Her cousins Shelby Collins of Washington, Kayle Copeland of Rockland and Shyan Moulton of Appleton; and half-sister Alex Leeman of Waldoboro all will be competing together.

The Miss Popularity prize is determined by a contestant’s audience cheering section, so MacKenzie has lots of fans. Part of competing in the pageants is raising funds and MacKenzie and her family and supporters are planning to hold a bake sale the first weekend in June on the Union Common. She also is approaching local businesses for sponsorships. For more information, contact her parents Patricia and John MacKenzie Jr at 215-1903.