Benld’s Maya Marcacci chosen as 2013 Junior Miss
By Daniel Winningham
Eleven girls sought this year’s title of Junior Miss Macoupin County.
In the end, Maya Marcacci of Benld was selected as the 2013 winner, and will be joining the rest of this year’s royalty in promoting the fair through June 29.
“It’s just amazing, and I’m so happy,” Marcacci said shortly after being crowned this year’s Junior Miss.
Marcacci is the daughter of Mike and Susan Marcacci of Benld.
Marcacci was asked who was there to cheer her on to this year’s Junior Miss crown.
“My family and a few friends,” she said.
She has a younger brother and admits she was nervous about the pageant.
Marcacci is looking forward to representing the county as the 2013 Junior Miss.
“I was just speechless, it’s such an amazing opportunity,” Marcacci said.
Marcacci is a member of the Gillespie Middle School Student Council
She enjoys playing with her younger brother Michael.
Marcacci would like to study to be a pediatrician. Her lifelong goal is to contribute to a cure for leukemia and other types of cancer.
The Miles for Michael organization, which is a group dedicated to helping local families that have been affected by cancer is in honor of her brother.
Ryleigh Gibbel was named the 2012 Junior Miss first runner-up.
Julia Garrison of Virden was picked the second runner-up. Nina Moutrie of Gillespie was selected third runner-up while Madelynn Williams of Carlinville was chosen fourth runner-up.
Other pageant awards
• Morgan Taylor Byers of Waggoner was selected as this year’s People’s Choice award winner.
• Marcacci, along with contestant Ryleigh Gibbel were both selected as Miss Congeniality for this year’s Junior Miss competition.
Each of Junior Miss contestants were asked three questions by 2012 winner Sarah Watson:
1) What’s your best quality, and why?
2) What cracks you up?
3) What would you most look forward to as Junior Miss?
Fireworks after queen pageant
Following the crowning of both the Junior Miss and Miss Macoupin, there was a fireworks show.