June is “Dairy Month” and also the traditional month for the Washington State Dairy Ambassador Contest. This program provides a tremendous professional and educational opportunity for young women. The young women chosen to serve as Washington’s Ambassadors for Milk receive a generous college scholarship, internships and extensive communication training.

“It will soon be time to say good bye and thank you to our 2018-2019 State Dairy Ambassador Abigail Zurcher and State Alternates Agathe Lopez and Jacoba (Cobi) Van Slageren. They have done a fantastic job representing the Dairy Farmers of Washington this past year and I’m sure they will continue to be lifelong advocates of our industry,” commented Kathleen Anderson, State Ambassador Advisor. We also would like to thank Rebecca Ford for her time as our state alternate ambassador.

This year we have three lovely contestants from around the state:

Emily Rockey is the 2018-2019 Grays Harbor Dairy Ambassador. Emily is a senior at Elma High School. She is the daughter of Stacey and Scott Rockey of Elma. Emily worked on a local dairy farm where she cares for the calves. Her future plans include attending the University of Washington to obtain a degree in Psychology. Upon graduating from college, Emily plans to have a career as a hospital psychologist to help patients recover from traumatic experiences. She is honored to represent the hard-working dairy farmers in Washington State.

Kayla VanWieringen is the 2018-2019 Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador. Kayla is a senior at Sunnyside Christian High School. Kayla is the daughter of Lynn and Randy VanWieringen of Sunnyside. Kayla has shown dairy heifers in 4-H for eight years. Her future plans include attending college to earn a nursing degree. After graduating from nursing school Kayla hopes to get an opportunity to work at a children’s hospital. She also hopes to stay connected with the dairy community through her family and other organizations. She is proud to represent the hard-working dairy farmers in Washington State.

Kara Teachman is the 2018-2019 King-Pierce Counties Dairy Ambassador. Kara 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. Kara has shown both Holstein and Jersey heifers, and is working on building her own herd of Registered Jerseys. Upon graduation from high school, Kara would like to attend a University and obtain a degree in Animal Sciences, with a career goal of operating her own dairy farm. She is proud to represent the dairy farmers of Washington State and all of the hard work that is behind every glass of milk.

The 2019 Washington State Dairy Ambassador coronation will be held on Saturday, June 22 at the Lynnwood High School Performing Arts Center, 18218 North Road Way in Bothell, WA 98012. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served during intermission. Tickets purchased by June 14 will be $20 for adults, students $10, and under 6 years admitted free. Tickets purchased after June 14 or at the door will be $25 for adults, students $15. For ticket information, please contact Gloria Edwards by email at Gloria.wsdw@hotmail.com or 360-273-7313.

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