by Lisa Tome
Mackenzie Underwood practices what she preaches.
Underwood, 16, of Rising Sun, ate at least a spoonful of ice cream every day during June.
June was National Dairy Month and Underwood, an incoming senior at North East High was recently crowned Upper Chesapeake Dairy Princess by the Maryland Dairy Princess Association. She represents Cecil, Harford, and Baltimore counties.
She already knows the ropes.
For the last four years, Underwood has served as Dairy Maid for the Association. The role of both the Dairy Princess and the Dairy Maid is to provide education and promotion of the dairy industry.
"I'm excited. The role of the Dairy Maid is to help the princess. Now I can do more, reach more people," said Underwood. "Being the Dairy Maid taught me public speaking. I've learned to answer tough questions. I'm learning to communicate and get the right information out there."
She knows her farm to table.
"I love milk. I drank milk everyday before school. June is dairy month. So I eat at least a spoon full of ice cream each day," laughed Underwood.
Underwood works on the farm owned by her grandparents, Ronald and Janette Underwood of North East. She owns her own herd of holsteins and works on the farm feeding calves and assisting with milking and vet check ups. "I grew up working on the farm," said Underwood. "I started showing cows when I was able to walk."
She has also been a member of the 4-H club, The Rising Sun Milk Squirters and is current president of the club. She is also a member of the Class Council at North East High.
In July, Underwood will compete for the Maryland Dairy Princess state title. As part of that competition, she will have to record both half minute and minute radio ads, perform a skit that is geared to elementary-age children, and master dairy knowledge.
Whether or not she earns the state title, she will still hold the Upper Chesapeake Dairy Princess until June 2017.
She is the daughter of Nick Underwood and Tracy Edmundson both of Rising Sun.