BOTHEL, Wash. — Kayla VanWieringen, representing the Yakima Valley, has been chosen as the new 2019-2020 Washington state dairy ambassador.
She was one of three finalists at the 64th Annual Washington State Dairy Ambassador Coronation on June 22 at the Lynnwood High School Performing Arts Center in Bothell, Wash.
Emily Rockey, representing Grays Harbor County, and Kara Teachman, representing King and Pierce counties, were selected as equal alternate state dairy ambassadors.
VanWieringen expressed her appreciation for the opportunity to represent the Dairy Farmers of Washington along with her alternate ambassadors. More than 150 people attended the event.
As a representative of the Dairy Farmers of Washington, the state dairy ambassador and alternates will visit schools, attend local and state fairs; appear at Washington Interscholastic Activities Association events, parades and many other activities, including addressing the Washington Legislature promoting the health and nutrition benefits of dairy products.
VanWieringen is the 2018-2019 Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador. She is a senior at Sunnyside Christian High School and is the daughter of Lynn and Randy VanWieringen of Sunnyside. Kayla has shown dairy heifers in 4-H for eight years. Her plans include attending college to earn a nursing degree. She also hopes to stay connected with the dairy community through her family and other organizations.
Rockey is the 2018-2019 Grays Harbor Dairy Ambassador. Emily is a senior at Elma High School and is the daughter of Stacey and Scott Rockey of Elma. Emily works on a local dairy farm where she cares for the calves. Her plans include attending the University of Washington to obtain a degree in psychology.
Teachman is the 2018-2019 King-Pierce Counties Dairy Ambassador. She is the homeschooled daughter of Lori and the late Mike Teachman. Kara has been active in the Dairy Project with Barn Buddies 4-H Club for seven years and is currently serving as the vice president of her club. She has shown both Holstein and Jersey heifers, and is working on building her herd of Registered Jerseys. Upon graduation from high school, she would like to attend a university and obtain a degree in animal sciences, with a goal of operating her own dairy farm.
The dairy industry was represented by 2018-2019 Dairy Ambassador Abigail Zurcher of Mesa and Alternate State Dairy Ambassadors Jacoba VanSlageren of Granger, Agathe Lopez of Carnation and Rebecca Ford of Chehalis.