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The St. Paul native is selected as the first alternate to the Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador during a ceremony in mid-January in Salem

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Taysha Veeman (left) finished as the 2020 alternate Oregon Dairy Princess after  Jaime Evers was crowned as 2020 Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador at a ceremony in mid-January at the Salem Convention Center.

A St. Paul native vying for the title of 2020 Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador fell just short in the competition held this month.

Oregon Dairy Women named Taysha Veeman as first alternate during the organization's annual coronation event on Jan. 18 at the Salem Convention Center. Veeman lost out to Jaime Evers, the Dairy Princess Ambassador from Klamath County.

Veeman, a 2019 graduate of St. Paul High School and student at Cal Poly, represents Marion County as the Dairy Princess Ambassador.

ODW spokeswoman Jessica Jansen said the state dairy princess-ambassador and alternate positions work as a team with the ambassador responsible for a bit more and the alternate filling in as needed. 

Both Evers and Veeman grew up on dairy farms, and both participated in ag-related extra-curricular activities such as 4H and FFA.

In addition to their studies, Evers and Veeman will serve as representatives of the dairy industry over the coming year. Representatives spend time in Oregon schools and various events delivering educational presentations about life on a dairy farm and nutritional benefits of consuming dairy products.

Evers succeeds Outgoing Dairy Princess Ambassador Emily Henry; Veeman succeeds 2019 first alternate Natalie Berry.

Oregon Dairy Women President Becky Heimerl said she was delighted with how this year's pageant unfolded and looks forward to working with the participants.

"We are excited to work with Taysha this year," Heimerl said. "Most of her work will be done during the summer when she's back in Oregon from school. She'll be active at county and state fairs as well as community events throughout the state."

Heimerl said that having grown up on dairy farms, Evers and Veeman are especially suited to the tasks in their charge.

"Her experience growing up on her family's dairy farm has provided Taysha a unique story to tell. We are excited to allow her opportunities to share about her experiences while simultaneously having opportunity to develop as a young professional," Heimerl said.

Oregon Dairy Women is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization with the main objective of promoting the dairy industry and greater use of all dairy products through outreach and educational programs.

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