Banks grad snags one of state's top dairy honors
Banks High School graduate Megan Sprute was named first alternate in Oregon's Dairy Princess-Ambassador contest during ceremonies Saturday night, Jan. 27, at the Salem Convention Center.
Sprute will travel the state this year, educating the public about the dairy industry.
She'll be joined by Hillsboro High School graduate Stephanie Breazile, 20, who was named the 2018 Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador.
A student at Oregon State University where she is studying to be a high school agriculture teacher upon graduation, Breazile represented Linn and Benton counties during the contest. Breazile was very active in her high school's Future Farmers of America chapter, holding multiple leadership positions including president for two years. In college, she is an active member of Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority.
Both women will spend the next twelve months traveling throughout the state attending fairs, town meetings and public events as a representative of Oregon's dairy farmers. Much of their reign will be spent in Oregon schools, delivering educational presentations about life on a dairy farm and the nutritional benefits of consuming dairy products.
Saturday's coronation was the 59th year of the Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador Program, which is hosted by Oregon Dairy Women. Breazile and Sprute spent the two days in interviews, performing impromptu speeches and interacting with three judges before they were selected for the honors.
Upon being crowned, Breazile received $3,000 in scholarships to continue her education. Outgoing Dairy Princess-Ambassador Kiara Single, of Warren, received $14,000 for her year dedicated to the Oregon dairy industry, personally informing more than 15,000 students of the benefits of dairy products and life on a dairy farm at schools and community events.
Also a recipient of scholarships, Sprute will play an important role assisting in the promotion of the dairy industry throughout the state in the coming year as she represents Washington County.
Other state finalists include Donata Doornenbal of Marion County, Rachel Jenck of Tillamook, and Jessica Monroe of Yamhill County, who received the peer-elected Miss Congeniality award.
By Stephanie Haugen
Reporter, Forest Grove News-Times
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