Alma Queen of Scots
Each year the Festival crowns a Queen of Scots, two Court members, and a Wee Queen of Scots through a process that includes an application, interview by local personnel, and a pageant that is more focused on how each young lady holds herself in front of others and is able to speak publicly. The 2018 pageant was held Saturday, April 28, 2018.
In order to have participated, Queen candidates were Gratiot County residents or attended school in Gratiot County and were confirmed to be between 17-20 years of age by time of pageant. Wee Queen candidates were also Gratiot County residents or attended school in Gratiot County and were confirmed to be between 8-11 years of age by time of pageant to participate.
The Queen of Scots receives a $1500 scholarship to the school of her choice with the 1st Runner-Up and 2nd Runner-Up also receiving $500 each to the schools of their choice.
The Wee Queen of Scots receives a $100 scholarship in addition to her title and crown.
Liz Gotaas is an 18-year-old Senior at Alma High School. She is the daughter of Jeff and Jennifer Gotaas and the eldest sister of Cornelia, Julia and Victoria Gotaas. Liz ran Varsity Cross Country and Track all four years of high school, qualifying for States with her team Sophomore through Senior years as well as earning TVC honors throughout all four years. Liz also participated in multiple clubs through high school including Student Council and being the Vice President of her Class, the Leadership Team on the Youth Advisory Council, Vice President of her 4-H Club, the Debate Club, and the National Honor Society. During her Sophomore year of high school, Liz was an exchange student in Scituate, Massachusetts. In the fall, Liz will be attending Alma College to major in Psychology and Neuroscience with a pre-med track while also competing in Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track. Liz is humbled by the opportunity to honor the community and the Alma Highland Festival and Games as the 2018 Queen of Scots.
Lakyn Zimmerman is 10 years old and in fifth grade at Ithaca North Elementary School. She is the daughter of Matt and Amanda Zimmerman. She has one younger sister Saige. Lakyn loves to dance. She does many types of dance including tap, hip hop, jazz, but loves ballet the most! She enjoys competing at dance competitions and tumbling. She also loves to read, listen to music, hang out with friends, roller blade, and playing with her goat Kaos and her horse Cider.