Bull representing Clackamas County prepares for an exciting year
Danielle Bull representing Clackamas County, was crowned the 2014 Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador during ceremonies Saturday night. The 55th annual coronation event was hosted by the Oregon Dairy Women at the Red Lion Hotel in Salem. Bull was among seven county contestants vying for the 2014 title and also was selected as the Congeniality Award winner, an honor chosen by her peers.
Bull, 19, of Damascus is a 2012 graduate of Clackamas High School where she was active in the North Clackamas FFA Chapter. She has worked at Lady-Lane Farms for several years where she helps to do everything from feeding calves to assisting with the bottling of creamline milk. Bull is currently a student at Linn-Benton Community College where she is studying to become a high school agricultural sciences teacher.
Her speech during the contest, titled "For the Love of Milk" discussed her passion and appreciation for the hard-working dairy farmers who produce one of her favorite things, milk. Bull spent the last two days in interviews, performing impromptu speeches and interacting with the three judges before she was selected Saturday for this honor.
Bull is looking forward to a busy year informing and educating the public about the dairy industry. She will spend the next twelve months traveling statewide attending fairs, town meetings and public events as a representative of Oregon's dairy farmers. Much of her reign will be spent in Oregon elementary schools delivering educational presentations about life on a dairy farm and the nutritional benefits of consuming dairy products.
Upon being crowned, Bull received nearly $3,000 dollars in scholarships to continue her education. Outgoing dairy princess-ambassador Kaitie Brawley received over $13,000 for her year dedicated to the Oregon dairy industry, personally informing over 15,500 students of the benefits of dairy products and life on a dairy farm in schools and community events.
Elizabeth Thomas representing Washington County was named First Alternate Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador. Also a recipient of scholarships, Thomas will play an important role assisting in the promotion of the dairy industry throughout the state in the coming year.
The other finalists included: Kiara Single of Columbia County; Brittany Tabert of Linn and Benton Counties; Jessica Brawley of Marion County; Olivia Miller of Polk County; and Charish Ingram of Tillamook County