Pendleton Round-Up royalty named

The queen of the 2011 Round-Up is Mackenzie Beard of Pendleton, and two of the princesses have Walla Walla-area ties.

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PENDLETON - A former princess has been crowned queen of next year's Pendleton Round-Up.

Mackenzie Beard, 20, of Pendleton will be the queen of the 2011 Round-Up, event organizers have announced. Attending her on the royal court will be princesses Allison Frey, Brittney Granger, Cory O'Neill and Sarah Smith.

Beard is the daughter of Pat Beard of Helix and Leslie and Tom Lovell of Pendleton. She was a Round-Up princess in 2009 and graduated from Pendleton High School in 2008, said Heather Corey, court director.

In a release, Corey said Beard's connections to the Round-Up stretch back four generations. Her great grandfather provided horses for the wild horse race and drove in the stage coach races. Her grandfather, Frank Beard, was the main stock contractor from 1990-2002 and her father has worked as a pickup man.

At Pendleton High School, Beard was a member of the Japanese exchange trip to Pendleton's sister city, was selected to speak at graduation and was publicist for the Associated Student Body. She is attending Oregon State University in Corvallis where she is majoring in merchandising management.

Frey, 19, is the daughter of A.J. Frey of Pendleton and Susan and Kevin Brown of Touchet. She is a 2009 graduate from Pendleton High School where she was on the honor roll, was a varsity member of the equestrian team, played volleyball and won several other awards. She is currently a student at Blue Mountain Community College studying science for a transfer degree. Frey was queen of the court for the 2009 Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days.

Granger, 20, is the daughter of Kevin and Cindy Granger of Milton-Freewater. She has served as a princess and then 2009 queen of Pioneer Posse and was a princess for the 2010 Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days, Corey said.

Granger is a 2009 graduate of McLoughlin High School. While at Mac-Hi, Granger was a varsity soccer and basketball player and was active in FFA, holding several offices. She hosted a Japanese exchange student for a year and served as a princess on the 2009 homecoming court. Currently, she is enrolled in the nursing program at Blue Mountain Community College.

O'Neill, 18, is the daughter of Dave and Terri O'Neill of Pendleton. She graduated from Pendleton High School in 2010, where she played soccer and participated in track and field, placing third in the 200 meter dash and fourth in the 100 meter dash at the state track competition.

She was also a member of the National Honor Society and garnered several other awards for academics. She is now attending Eastern Oregon University on athletic and academic scholarships majoring in biology in preparation for her studies to be a veterinarian.

Smith, 20, is the daughter of Troy and Joanne Smith of Pendleton. She is a 2008 graduate of Pendleton High School where she was named to the honor roll and awarded the Citizenship Cup. As a member of Rhythmic Mode she was selected freshman dancer of the year. Her other activities included choir, tennis and Link Crew leader. She is currently a student at Oregon State University where she is studying exercise sports science.

The court will make their first public appearance at the annual Introduction Party in March 2011, Corey said.

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