Marcacci crowned Miss Macoupin County Queen
2018 GHS grad is second winner from Benld
By Daniel Winningham
The title of 2019 Miss Macoupin County went to Maya Marie Marcacci, 19, the daughter of Mike and Susan Marcacci of Benld at the June 26 pageant.
This was the 61st year of the Miss Macoupin pageant.
Marcacci was one of eight contestants vying for the Miss Macoupin crown. Once she was announced as the winner, she calmly walked to the center of the stage, sat in the chair while the crown was affixed, then she took her first official walk as “2019 Miss Macoupin.”
Many of the visiting royalty greeted Marcacci and the rest of the 2019 royalty — Junior Miss Jordyn Loveless of Carlinville and Little Miss Mattie Norris of Carlinville.
Marcacci appeared overwhelmed by the entire moment. “I am ecstatic,” she said. “I have no words. I’m so excited.”
Marcacci isn’t new to the pageant experience. She was named Junior Miss in 2013, and to date is the only girl from that part of the county to win. Since it began in 2008, nine of the 12 winners have hailed from Carlinville, including the last six.
Marcacci is the first Miss Macoupin from Benld since Courtney Ostendorf in 2009 and just the second overall in the 61-year history of the pageant.
She is the first contestant since Hannah Ruffatto in 2016 (junior miss in 2010) to win both competitions, also joining Madi Rogers (2014 Miss Macoupin, 2009 Junior Miss) and Chloe Walton (2012 Miss Macoupin, 2008 Junior Miss).
Marcacci spoke of getting ready for this year’s event.
“It’s a lot prep work,” she said. “Whenever you win, you are queen all year long, and you go to so many events. I had six mock interviews and they all went fantastic, and I’m so thankful for everyone who helped me along the way. I visited different fairs, learning about agriculture. I’m just so blessed.
“I definitely put a lot of pressure on myself. I have been running for so long, and I have been wanting this since I was little girl. I’m so excited.”
“I’m looking forward to meeting two new younger sisters, and I can tell that we’re going to have the best time,” Marcacci said.
She had plenty of supporters on hand to cheer her on Wednesday evening.
“My mom, my dad, my brother Michael, all my aunts and uncles and my grandparents,” she said.
It was an emotional moment, and she was looking forward to enjoying the rest of fair week. “I have not stopped crying since winning,” she said.
Marcacci, contestant No. 4 of eight in this year’s event, was asked about finding ways to improve support for the pageant as part of the on-stage question.
“The Macoupin County Fair is supported by local towns and businesses,” 2018 Queen Anni Ibberson said. “If you are chosen to be the new Macoupin County Fair queen, how would you encourage further support?”
“I would like to start in our southern towns of Macoupin County, because we have a long, vertical county, and if I went to Staunton and Bunker Hill, and focused on them, I believe I could get more support from the towns in Macoupin County,” Marcacci responded.
Marcacci graduated from Gillespie High School in 2018 and attends Lewis & Clark Community College, where she is working on obtaining her associate’s degree in science.
Upon completing studies at LCCC, she plans to transfer to Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and major in pre-med. She hopes to one day become an anesthesiologist.
Marcacci was in her second year of the Miss Macoupin pageant, finishing as first runner-up in 2018 to overall winner Anni Ibberson of Virden. In 2013, when Marcacci was named Junior Miss Macoupin, she was in her second year of that competition.
The 2019 first runner-up was Megan Jo Hatlee of Gillespie. This year’s second runner-up was Daelyn Brown of Waggoner. The competition’s third runner-up was Nina Gabrielle Moutrie of Gillespie. Miss Congenialty this year went to Brown.
For Junior Miss, which is in its 12th year, joining Loveless were first runner-up Clara Grace Boyett of Carlinville, second runner-up Willow Sioux England of Carlinville and third runner-up Taylor Renae Foiles of Carlinville. Miss Congenialty went to Grace Prograis of Palmyra.
Loveless, 12, is the daughter of Jerel and Debbie Loveless and Brian and Stacey Miller of Carlinville. She’ll be a seventh grader this fall at Carlinville Middle School. Her favorite movie is “Miracles from Heaven” and she enjoys math class at school.
Read the full story in the 7-4-19 edition of the Macoupin County Enquirer~Democrat.
Little Miss contestant Brielle Scott of Gillespie, left, answers a question from 2018 Miss Macoupin Anni Ibberson. Enquirer-Democrat photo by Daniel Winningham.
The 2019 Miss Macoupin County royalty, crowned Wednesday evening at the fairgrounds, includes front, Little Miss Mattie Norris of Carlinville; back, Junior Miss Jordyn Loveless of Carlinville and Miss Macoupin Maya Marcacci of Benld. Enquirer-Democrat photo by Daniel Winningham.
Little Miss contestants, from left, Celiyna Siar of Bunker Hill, Josee Hart of Girard, Aubree Cunningham of Medora, Brielle Scott of Gillespie, Henley Bomkamp of Carlinville, Mattie Norris of Carlinville, Charlotte Rose of Girard, Charlie Reising of Worden, 2018 Little Miss Molly Carriker, Rhyann Buzick of Girard, Claire Vinyard of Carlinville, Charlee Steward of Carlinville, Nellie Meisenheimer of Palmyra, Madalyn Beasley of Shipman and Brynlee Reese of Carlinville. Norris of Carlinville was this year’s winner while Beasley of Shipman was the first runner-up. Steward was second runner-up and Vinyard was named third runner-up. Cunningham received an award for selling the most raffle tickets. Enquirer-Democrat photo by Daniel Winningham
Junior Miss contestants closing in for pictures in their party dresses are, from left, Taylor Foiles of Carlinville, Grace Prograis of Palmyra, Paizley Chingman of Carlinville, Jordyn Loveless of Carlinville, Lillian McCurley of Carlinville, Amelia Howell of Girard, Savage “Willow” England of Carlinville, Gianna Long of Carlinville, Clara Boyett of Carlinville and Alyssa Carriker of Carlinville. Enquirer-Democrat photo by Daniel Winningham.