Geoff Parks/For the Capital Press
SALEM, Ore. — Stephanie Breazile was chosen the 2018 Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador at the 59th annual coronation and banquet at the Salem Convention Center on Jan. 27.
She was chosen from a field of five finalists at the Salem event that included Megan Sprute of Washington County, Jessica Monroe of Yamhill County, Rachel Jenck of Tillamook County and Donata Doornenbal of Marion County.
Breazile is a 2015 graduate of Hillsboro High School and is in her second year as a student in the agricultural sciences program at Oregon State University. She hopes to become a high school agriculture teacher when she graduates, and said her new title “will allow me to share my knowledge of the dairy industry throughout Oregon.”
She was active in Hillsboro High School’s FFA program, holding several leadership positions, including president. At OSU, she is an active member of Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority.
Sprute, a 2013 Banks High School graduate, was chosen First Alternate. She is studying natural resources at Oregon State University, volunteers with Young Life and works part-time at a veterinary clinic near Portland.
Jessica Monroe was chosen by the other contestants at the ceremony as Miss Congeniality. She grew up in Sheridan, where she was homeschooled, and represents Yamhill County in the Dairy Princess-Ambassador program. She now attends Chemeketa Community College.
The Oregon Dairy Women’s Dairy Princess-Ambassador Program has been promoting the dairy industry since 1959 in collaboration with the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association and the Oregon Dairy Nutrition Council. Each year, the program centers contestants on a theme, which for 2018 was “Milk Takes You to the Top.”
Breazile will spend the next year traveling the state making presentations at fairs, town meetings and public events touting the state’s dairy industry. At the end of her year, she will receive monetary awards that in past years have exceeded $17,000.