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 2019 pageant was held Friday, April 26, 2019.
In order to have participated, Queen candidates were Gratiot County residents or attended school in Gratiot County or were direct relatives of past or current Festival Board members 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 or direct relatives of past or current Festival Board members 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.
Makaila Pray is a 17 year old student graduating from Ithaca High School in May. She is the daughter of Matt and Kaley Pray. Makaila enjoys golfing and riding horses. She is looking forward to meeting many new people within her community and experience the Festival like she never has before. Her future plans are to attend Mid Michigan College and obtain her associates degree in Business to later pursue a career as a Fair Coordinator.
Emmalyn Wing of Alma is 10 years old and is a student at Pine Avenue Elementary. Her parents are Shawn and Allison Wing of Alma. Her hobbies include playing basketball and softball. Her favorite basketball team is the women’s UConn Huskies. She loves to read; currently, Harry Potter is her favorite series. She also enjoys crocheting and painting. She is looking forward to watching the athletes compete in the different games at the Highland festival and being able to hand them their awards and listening to the pipe bands. Emmalyn is looking forward to starting middle school in the fall. Emmalyn wants to go to college and study to be a pediatric neurosurgeon.