SALEM — Seven finalists from across the state are seeking to become the 2019 Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador, a program started 60 years ago by the Oregon Dairy Women to promote the dairy industry at schools, county fairs and other community events.
Stephanie Breazile, the 2018 Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador, and first alternate Megan Sprute will crown their successors at a coronation banquet Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Salem Convention Center. Tickets to the event are $50 per person, and should be ordered prior to Jan. 7.
“We are so proud of our program,” said Amy Franck, Oregon Dairy Women president. “We’ve now had six decades of young women involved in the promotion and education for the dairy industry.”
The Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador program began in 1959, and is open to women between the ages of 17 and 23. Earlier this year, Oregon AgLink presented the Oregon Dairy Women with the 2018 Ag Connection Award for their work to reach out and educate the public about agriculture.
This year’s candidates for Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador include:
• Samantha Arnold, 18, a 2018 graduate of Sam Barlow High School in Gresham, Ore.
• Belle Erhardt, 18, a senior at Scappoose High School in Scappoose, Ore.
• Emily Henry, 20, a student studying animal science at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Ore.
• Donata Doornenbal, 22, who grew up on her family’s dairy farm in Scio, Ore.
• Allyson Durrer, 18, a 2018 graduate of Tillamook High School in Tillamook, Ore.
• Natalie Berry, 17, a senior at Sherwood High School in Sherwood, Ore.
• Jessica Monroe, 19, a student studying history and agriculture at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Ore.