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Elizabeth Junck, an 18-year-old from Carroll, was crowned the Nebraska Dairy Princess during the annual Nebraska State Dairy Convention in Columbus Feb. 27.

Junck is the daughter of Ernest and Priscilla Junck, and is a senior at Wayne High School. Her role as princess will be to make public appearances to help people understand the dedication of dairy farm families to their cows, their land and the milk they produce. Midwest Dairy sponsors the dairy princess program on behalf of Nebraska’s dairy farm families.

The new princess currently serves as secretary of her 4-H Club’s Country Classics. Junck helps her parents on the family dairy farm, and she also shows cattle at the Wayne County Fair. Her school involvement includes speech, golf, choir and the National Honor Society, and she is active in her church.

Junck plans to attend Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, or the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she would like to major in actuarial science and Spanish with a minor in ag-business.

Mersadies Buderus, a 16-year-old from Wisner, was named first runner-up to the Nebraska Dairy Princess. She is the daughter of Elizabeth Buderus and attends Wayne Community Schools. Through her involvement with 4-H, Buderus shows cows and has been awarded Grand Champion and Reserve Champion numerous times.

Both the princess and the runner-up receive scholarships from Midwest Dairy.

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