SALEM, Ore. — Emily Henry was chosen the 2019 Oregon dairy princess ambassador at the program’s 60th annual coronation and banquet Saturday night at the Salem Convention Center.
A three-judge panel picked Henry from a field of seven candidates at the Oregon Dairy Women-sponsored Diamond Jubilee Coronation Banquet. The contestants participated in two days of interviews, speeches and preparing commercials promoting dairy products.
The 20-year-old from Scio represents Linn and Benton counties.
She takes over this year’s ODPA duties from Stephanie Breazile, who crowned Henry during the ceremony.
Natalie Berry, 17, was ODPA first alternate. She was crowned by her predecessor, Megan Sprute. Berry was also chosen by the other finalists as Miss Congeniality.
Henry was home-schooled and participated in 4-H and FFA. She is now a student at Linn-Benton Community College majoring in animal science. Directly after the ceremony, she was presented scholarship awards from various businesses, groups and individual sponsors, which last year totaled $14,000 for Breazile.
She begins a year of statewide travel, making presentations at fairs, meetings, schools and public events representing Oregon’s dairy industry. The presentations focus on depicting life on a dairy farm and the nutritional benefits of dairy products.
The other finalists included Samantha Arnold of Clackamas County, Belle Erhardt of Columbia County, Donata Doornenbal of Marion County, Allyson Durrer of Tillamook County, Jessica Monroe of Yamhill County and Berry of Washington County.
“All of our candidates were outstanding representatives for the dairy industry,” said ODPA State Director Jessica Kliewer. “We were overjoyed with the success of the 60th celebration of the ODPA program. All of our generous sponsor support, alumni and volunteers helped to create a memorable evening.
“I’m thrilled to be working with Emily and Natalie and we have an amazing year ahead of us.”
The Oregon Dairy Women’s Dairy Princess Ambassador Program was begun in 1959 to advocate for the Oregon dairy industry in collaboration with the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association and the Oregon Dairy Nutrition Council.