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Molalla High senior Jess Hewitt competes for Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador spot this weekend

Molalla High School senior Jess Hewitt has spent the last year learning about and promoting Oregon's dairy industry.

The 18-year-old student represents Clackamas County in Oregon's Dairy Princess Ambassador Program and this week she'll compete to represent the industry throughout the state of Oregon.

"I have shown dairy cattle since I was old enough to walk," Hewitt said. "These experiences have helped me become aware of how important it is for us to educate people on the nutrition of milk, the welfare of our animals and how farmers take care of the environment."

Hewitt is active in 4-H and FFA as well as Molalla High School band and has played competitive softball both for Molalla High School and for clubs across the state. She plans to attend South Dakota State University in the fall and pursue a degree in animal science, eventually pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.

During the past year, Hewitt has visited hundreds of students both virtually and in-person and participated in a variety of events throughout the state.

2021-2022 Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador Gracie Krahn and alternate Bella Giraud will pass on their titles during the Oregon Dairy Women's 63rd annual Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador Coronation Banquet, Saturday, May 21, in an event hosted at Spirit Mountain Casino.

COURTESY PHOTO: OREGON DAIRY WOMEN - Jess Hewitt competes for the Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador position this weekend.

Hewitt will arrive with the other contestants and judges Friday afternoon for a full two days of interviews, speeches and prepared commercials promoting dairy products. The winner will be crowned at the conclusion of Saturday's banquet. If selected for the title, Hewitt looks forward to hundreds of elementary school presentations, civic organization speaking engagements and public appearances.

The other state finalists include: Krisarah Nygren, Linn-Benton Counties; Mariana Llamas, Tillamook County; Mia Berry, Washington County and Hanna VanDeWalle, Yamhill-Polk counties.

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