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Queen Victoria values community involvement (Video)

By BY KELDY ORTIZ - KORTIZ@VICAD.COM
Feb. 6, 2013 at 8:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 6, 2013 at 8:07 p.m.

McKenna Zacek is kissed on the cheek by a  steer she will enter into the carcass steer competition at the Victoria Livestock Show. Zacek recently won the Queen Victoria pageant.

Getting to Know McKenna

• Age: 18

• Occupation: Student

• Hometown: Victoria

• Education: Industrial High School

• Family: Father, John Zacek; Mother, Shana Zacek

Being crowned Queen Victoria still seems surreal to McKenna Zacek.

However, she doesn't have much time to take it all in. The 18-year-old senior at Industrial High School is finishing her classes before attending Texas A&M University in the fall.

Still, she said, it's neat to be called queen, although she doesn't let the title go to her head.

"It's not about being queen, it's about being involved in an organization," she said. "Considering all the girls who were in the pageant before, I wasn't expecting to win. Since I did, I'm really happy."

She won the crown Jan. 26, her second time competing in the pageant. And during this go-around, she is a little older and that will allow her to remember more details.

Part of her reason for competing this year was to stay involved in the activities that she would not be able to after high school.

The opportunity to participate and be recognized as queen of the Victoria Livestock Show is fulfilling, she said.

While holding the title, she will also compete in the livestock show, which begins Feb. 28, and she hopes to cap off her final competition with a grand champion winning animal.

"I've always been involved in the stock show, and I wanted to get more involved," she said.

Her mother, Shana Zacek, said the opportunity to serve as queen will be something that McKenna reflects on for years to come.

"I hope it is a positive experience on her and the community," Zacek said. "She's a responsible person, and she will do a great job."

Being involved and helping others is nothing new to McKenna.

At school, she is president of the Future Farmers of America and does community service work. Her commitment to school and involvement in the Victoria Livestock Show is a reflection of her family.

Her father, John, while working in the banking industry, still gets involved in agriculture.

In the backyard of the Zacek home, he goes to work from time to time checking on the animals he raises. He's also helped McKenna raise her commercial heifers and carcass steer, which she will take to the livestock show.

Working in agriculture has rubbed off on her. She will major in agricultural business.

But before she gets to college, and tackles the new world of adulthood, she will have to live up to the challenge of being queen.

"It is a lot of hard work, but it will be rewarding," she said. "It's a great responsibility to have."

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