Dairy ambassadors

The current Washington State Dairy Ambassadors are, from left, Agathe Lopez, Abigail Zurcher and Jacoba (Cobi) Van Slageren. (Courtesy photo)

Tickets are at lesser price through Friday

June as “Dairy Month” is also the traditional month for the Washington State Dairy Ambassador Contest.

This program provides a professional and educational opportunity for young women. Those chosen to serve as Washington’s Ambassadors for Milk receive a college scholarship, internships and extensive communication training.

Serving as the 2018-19 state team are Dairy Ambassador Abigail Zurcher and 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,” said Kathleen Anderson, state program advisor. Rebecca Ford also served part of the year as state alternate.

This year, there are three contestants from around the state:

  • Emily Rockey is the 2018-19 Grays Harbor Dairy Ambassador. She is a senior at Elma High School and a daughter of Stacey and Scott Rockey of Elma. Emily worked on a local dairy farm caring for the calves. Her plans include attending the University of Washington to obtain a degree in psychology and she would like a career as a hospital psychologist to help patients recover from traumatic experiences.
  • Kayla VanWieringen is the 2018-19 Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador. She is a senior at Sunnyside Christian High School and is a 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 and then getting 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. 
  • Kara Teachman is the 2018-19 King-Pierce Counties Dairy Ambassador. She is the homeschooled daughter of Lori and the late Mike Teachman. Kara has been active in dairy with Barn Buddies 4-H Club for seven years and is currently serving as vice president. She has shown both Holstein and Jersey heifers and is working on building her own herd of registered Jerseys. Upon high school graduation, Kara would like to attend a university for a degree in animal sciences, with a career goal of operating her own dairy farm. 

The 2019 Washington State Dairy Ambassador coronation will be on Saturday, June 22, in the Lynnwood High School Performing Arts Center, 18218 North Road Way in Bothell. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served during intermission.

Tickets purchased by June 14 are $20 for adults, $10 for students, with age 6 and under free. Tickets bought after June 14 or at the door will be $25 and $15. For ticket information, contact Gloria Edwards at Gloria.wsdw@hotmail.com or 360-273-7313.