Mary Katherine Fechtel was Miss Florida 2015 and placed in the top 10 at Miss America 2016. She also won a preliminary lifestyle and fitness award.
Her older sister, Elizabeth Fechtel was crowned Miss Florida 2014, but was demoted to 1st runner-up after a tabulation error was discovered. Both sisters were Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen, Mary Katherine in 2010 and Elizabeth in 2011. Elizabeth went on to win Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2012.
Mary Katherine represented the University of Florida in athletics as a Florida Dazzler and became a cheerleader uniform model for Varsity Fashions.