St. Paul High School senior Taysha Veeman was named the 2019 Marion County Dairy Princess/Ambassador last month. Veeman was coronated on April 25 at Immanuel Reformed Church in Salem.
Veeman is the daughter of Rod and Toni Veeman of St. Paul. She is active in FFA, cross country, track, softball, choir, and National Honor Society. Veeman grew up and now works on her family's 450 cow organic dairy farm. She plans to attend California Polytechnic University majoring in animal science with the goal of becoming a veterinarian.
As part of her coronation Veeman gave an entertaining speech titled "Telling Our Story: How Farmers Can Help Educate Consumers!". She then presented a television commercial about milk and answered an impromptu question.
Veeman was presented her tiara from the 2018 Princess/Ambassador Donata Doornenbal, of Scio, which Veeman will wear as she represents Marion County dairy farm families and promotes dairy products.
The Oregon Dairy Princess/Ambassador Program is celebrating its 60th year, and has been promoting the dairy industry since 1959.
The ambassador program strives to develop skills in public speaking, poise, and confidence while earning scholarship opportunities and internship credits.
Veeman will join other county ambassadors to present around the state in classrooms, county and state fairs, community events, summer camps, school assemblies and more.
In addition, in January, Veeman will go on to compete for the title of 2020 Oregon Dairy Princess/ Ambassador.
Veeman joins several recent ambassadors from St. Paul, including 2016 Marion County Princess-Ambassador Emma Coleman and 2014 county winner Sara Pierson, who went on to be named the Oregon ambassador.
Veeman will receive education scholarships from Marion County Dairy Women, Woodburn Livestock Exchange, VandeBurgt & Co., Veterinary Services of Oregon, Ernst Irrigation, Buchanan Cellars/Valley Feed, Excel Dairy Services, All West/ Select Sires, The Summit Group of Oregon, Delaval Direct, CHS Nutrition, Wilco, Purina Nutrition and Oak Lea Mixers.
Veeman and Doornenbal both were recipients of the $3,000 Marion County Dairy Women Educational Scholarships which are given to Marion County Dairy Youth.
For more, go online to: https://oregondairywomen.com
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