St. Paul native named county's dairy princess
SALEM – St. Paul native Taysha Veeman is the 2019 Marion County Dairy Princess/Ambassador, it was announced at her coronation held April 25 at Immanual Reformed Church.
Donata Doornenbal, the 2018 princess/ambassador, crowned Veeman with a tiara she will wear as she represents Marion County dairy farms and promotes dairy products at events across the county. Veeman will also compete for the state title of 2020 Oregon Dairy Princess/Ambassador.
Veeman, daughter of Rod and Toni Veeman, is a senior at St. Paul High School, where she is involved in FFA, track and field, softball, choir and is a member of the National Honor Society.
She grew up on the family's 450-acre organic dairy farm and upon graduation plans to attend California Polytechnic University, where she will major in animal science with a goal of becoming a veterinarian.
At her coronation, Veeman delivered a speech headlined "Telling Our Story: How Farmers Can Help Educate Consumers" and presented a TV commercial about milk and answered impromptu questions.
As the county's princess/ambassador, Veeman will receive education scholarships from a number of local agricultural and other organizations, as well as a $3,000 scholarship from Marion County Dairy Women.