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Taysha Veeman of St. Paul was selected as the Oregon Diary Women's First Alternate during the group's 61st pageant held Saturday, Jan. 18, in Salem

COURTESY OF OREGON DAIRY WOMEN - Taysha Veeman, 2020 Alternate Oregon Dairy Princess (left) and Jaime Evers 2020 Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador.Oregon Dairy Women announced that Jaime Evers was crowned as the 2020 Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador, during the group's 61st coronation event held Saturday, Jan. 18, at Salem Convention Center.

Evers is a 2017 graduate from Banks High School and currently a student at Oregon Institute of Technology. She is the Dairy Princess Ambassador from Klamath County.

Taysha Veeman, a 2019 graduate of St. Paul High School and current student at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif., was named as the Alternate Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador. Veeman is the Dairy Princess Ambassador from Marion County.

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 Veerman 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; Veerman succeeds 2019 First Alternate Natalie Berry.

Oregon Dairy Women President Becky Heimerl 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 Veerman are especially suited to the tasks in their charge.

"Her experience growing up on her family's dairy farm has proved 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 (ODW) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization with the main objective to promote the dairy industry. The ODW mission is to promote greater use of all dairy products through outreach and educational programs.

The Oregon Dairy Women's Dairy Princess Ambassador Program has been held annually since 1959. It has been a premier advocate for Oregon's dairy industry in collaboration with the Oregon Dairy Farmer's Association and Oregon Dairy Nutrition Council.

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