She’s only 5, but Mackenzie Coester is already a star.

She’s only 5, but Mackenzie Coester is already a star.

The daughter of Aaron and Melissa Coester, rural Girard, she is a member of the Star Authority Competition Team under the direction of Missy Crumpacker.

In March she won the title of 12 and Under Photogenic in the Talent on Parade regional competition in Joplin. That qualified her to participate in the national competition in July at Branson, Mo., and she won the national title as well.

“She also placed third in the nation in Tiny Tot Super Model, which is a dance-twirl event with pom pons,” Crumpacker said.

While in Branson, Mackenzie also performed her Super Model routine at Gene Bicknell’s Mansion America.

In addition to bringing home a huge trophy and two cash prizes, Mackenzie will be featured on the Talent on Parade Web site and on its 2009 Competition Brochure, which is sent to thousands of studies across the United States.

The youngster has been working with Crumpacker in dance-twirl for the past two years.
The Photogenic category is an ancillary event of the Talent on Parade competition, with contestants submitting photos that are judged.

“I was visiting at Mackenzie’s home and saw the beautiful pictures of her that were taken at Patty Jessee Photography, Columbus,” Crumpacker said. “I told her parents that we needed to enter her in that event.”

Her photos have also been used in some advertising for Jessee’s photo studio.
Mackenzie also was part of the “Bus” routine, which earned a category cup at the national competition.

“This year Mackenzie will have her first solo, called ‘Smile’,” Crumpacker said. “I think that’s especially appropriate for her.”

The youngster never seems to be nervous on stage, according to her mother.

“She told me that she likes going on stage,” Coester.

Mackenzie will be a first grader at Haderlein Elementary School, Girard, in the fall. She has a younger brother, Alex, 3 1/2, and a baby sister, Madison, 4 weeks.

“I’ve already put a Star Authority T-shirt on Madison,” Crumpacker said. “She’s my future dancer.”