Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Rensselaer County Dairy Princess Wins State Dairy Princess Crown

This news comes from the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council:

Courtney Luskin from Rensselaer County, was crowned the 2013-2014 New York State Dairy Princess Tuesday night at the Holiday Inn in Salina.

First Alternate State Princess was Meghan Rohe, of Onondaga County, while Second Alternate State Princess was Claudia Hauslauer of Livingstone County.

Rohe is the sister of Caitlin Rohe, who was state Dairy Princess in 2006-07. 

Having served as the county Dairy Princess since spring of 2012, Luskin will devote an additional year promoting milk and dairy products with the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, Inc. As state princess, Luskin receives a $1,200 scholarship and will represent the dairy association and dairy farmers at county dairy princess pageants, farm meetings and a variety of special events.

In addition, she will help train new county promoters at seminars and workshops.

Sponsored by ADADC, the 50th annual coronation completed the yearlong reign of Emma Andrew, of Newark.

Rohe and Hauslauer will help Luskin with her work throughout the state. Rohe will receive a $700 scholarship and Hauslauer a $600 scholarship.

All three young women were named as speech winners. Rohe and Hauslauer also received top marks on a product knowledge exam.

Nineteen county dairy princesses from throughout New York competed in the state pageant, including a personal interview, an impromptu and prepared adult speech, a product knowledge exam, writing skills test and informal interaction with others.

Judges evaluated the contestants on their communication skills, knowledge of the dairy industry, poise and personality. Pageant judges were Junia Isiminger, dairy farmer from Wind Swept Dairy; Andy Orr, layout and graphic designer from Dairylea Cooperative Inc., and Raechel Sattazahn, marketing officer with AgChoice Farm Credit.

Other award winners were:

Written communications, in no particular order:
Emily Calkins, Wyoming County
Gabby Domagala, Lewis County
Allyson Augur, Cortland County

Product Knowledge:
Meghan Rohe, Onondaga County
Claudia Hauslauer, Livingston County
Emily Calkins, Wyoming County

Miss Congeniality: Gabby Domagala, Lewis County

Other top finalists (in addition to Luskin, Rohe and Hauslauer)
Katrina Nickerson, Chautauqua County
Hannah Douglas, Herkimer County
Allison Fobare, St. Lawrence County
Gabby Domagala, Lewis County       

The American Dairy Association & Dairy Council, Inc. is the local promotion and management organization funded by dairy farmer checkoff dollars.

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