A Texas A&M University-Commerce student is making a push for a title crown. Madison Wynne was chosen to represent Hunt County in the state-level Miss United States Agriculture Queen pageant in December.
Wynne, a sophomore from Garland, Texas majoring in Agricultural Sciences with an emphasis in education, was chosen as the local county representative in the state-level pageant. In addition to her studies, she also competes as part of the university’s Meat Judging team, Livestock Show team and Ag Ambassador team.
Miss Agriculture is contested by women and girls in 12 states each year, with winners at the state level then vying for the national crown.
The competition is split into several divisions based on age. Wynne will compete in the “Miss” division for those aged 17-21. This is her first foray into the pageant scene, and she says she was inspired by a friend who has previously won the Texas title in her division in recent years.
“After talking to her about her experiences, I wanted to give this a try, too,” Wynne said. “I feel like this is a good chance to get involved in the community through community service and agriculture activities.”
County Queen winners are chosen via an application, and then the county winners compete for the title at the state pageant, which will be held December 18-19 in Killen, Texas. The national pageant will be held the following summer.
During the competition, the contestants will be judged on a number of criteria including on-stage interview questions, formalwear, photogenics and more.
Wynne says she is more excited than nervous, and hopes this can be a learning and growth experience for her and the others competing.
“We are all here for the same purpose: We are all doing this because we love the same industry,” Wynne said. “I think this is something that, at the end of the day, will be fun for all of us and something that will help us grow.”
She adds that as long as she puts her best foot forward, she will not be disappointed with the results, win or lose.
Dr. Randy Harp, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at A&M-Commerce, lauded Wynne’s work ethic and engagement on campus.
“We are very proud of Madison. She is a pleasure to work with and I can always count on her,” Harp said. “Madi is heavily engaged on campus, provides leadership for student groups, and represents the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Texas A&M Commerce with quality.”
Wynne plans to pursue a master’s degree in agriculture following the completion of her current studies, and she hopes to remain in Hunt County teaching agriculture. She is also blogging about her experiences on her personal website as she prepares for the state pageant. She also says that anyone who would like to have her volunteer with their organization or program can send her an email.