For the Capital Press
SALEM, Ore. — Danielle Bull of Damascus, Ore., is the 2014 Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador.
2013 Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador Kaitie Brawley presented the crown to Bull at the 55th annual coronation ceremony Jan. 18 at the Red Lion hotel. Bull, the Clackamas County Dairy Princess-Ambassador, was also voted the Congeniality Award by the other finalists, becoming the first contestant in over 40 years to win both honors.
Washington County’s Dairy Princess-Ambassador, Elizabeth Thomas, was selected as the 2014 First Alternate Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador.
Bull, 19, is a 2012 graduate of Clackamas High School where she was active in the North Clackamas FFA Chapter and now attends Linn-Benton Community College. She is a member of the Oregon State Dairy Club, Collegiate FFA and a student in animal sciences. She plans to transfer to Oregon State University to study agricultural education. She also worked at Lady-Lane Farms.
Besides Bull and Thomas, five other county Dairy Princess-Ambassadors took part in the 2014 contest:
• Kiara Single of Warren, representing Columbia County.
• Jessica Brawley of Aumsville, representing Marion County.
• Olivia Miller of Independence, representing Polk County.
• Brittany Tabert of Corvallis, representing Linn and Benton counties.
• Charish Ingram of Tillamook, representing Tillamook County.
Each of the seven representatives have spent the last year as the face of the dairy industry in their counties. Bull will spend the next year traveling around the state promoting the dairy industry at state fairs, town meetings and elementary school activities and events.
Oregon State Dairy Princess-Ambassador Program Director Jessica Kliewer said she was “very proud of all the girls and it was wonderful to see how they have grown over the past year.”
Bull was presented with nearly $3,000 in scholarship money for winning the Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador crown, and $300 for winning the Congeniality Award. Thomas, the 2014 first alternate, was awarded $1,300.
Outgoing Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador Kaitie Brawley received $13,300 for her year of traveling the state on behalf of the industry, and 2013 First Alternate Emma Miller received $3,375.
“This program not only helps the girls in school but helps them to grow as young ladies,” said Sandi Twigg, who works creating promotional materials for the dairy princess program. She attended the coronation event with her daughter, Kellie, the 2004 Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador.
The event was hosted by the Oregon Dairy Women, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization with the main objective to promote the dairy industry.