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St. Paul senior takes part in Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador ceremony over Memorial Day Weekend.

COURTESY PHOTO: OREGON DAIRY WOMEN - Back row, left to right, Bella Giraud, Benton County; Gracie Krahn, Linn County;  Madelyn Nicklous, Marion County; Samantha Arnold, Clackamas County; Libby Glassley, Yamhill-Polk counties. Front row, outgoing Princess Ambassador Jaime Evers, Klamath County, and Alternate Taysha Veeman of Marion County.Marion County Dairy Princess Ambassador Madelyn Nicklous of St. Paul was one of the state finalists for the Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador Pageant hosted by Oregon Dairy Women at the Oregon Garden Resort over Memorial Day Weekend.

The 62nd annual coronation included a handful of finalists, including Bella Giraud of Benton County, Samantha Arnold of Clackamas County, Gracie Krahn of Linn County and Libby Glassley of Yamhill-Polk Counties.

Krahn was crowned as the 2021-22 Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador and Giraud as the alternate. The experience was a memorable one for Nicklous.COURTESY PHOTO: OREGON DAIRY WOMEN - St. Paul High School senior and Marion County Dairy Princess Ambassador Madelyn Nicklous, took part in Oregon Dairy Women's coronation ceremony over Memorial Day Weekend.

"This experience has changed my perspective on the dairy industry and I will forever advocate and support it," said Nicklous, 18, a senior at St. Paul High School. "I will forever be thankful for the knowledge and outlook I have gained through this program."

Nicklous plans to attend University of Oregon in the fall, where she will study biology with eventual aspirations of applying to medical school to become a pediatrician. In St. Paul she has been involved with FFA, National Honor Society, basketball and student council. She also enjoys showing horses at events all over the western United States.

While the pandemic has altered many of the events and activities typical of a dairy royalty reign, Nicklous has visited hundreds of students virtually and participated in a variety of virtual and limited in-person events during her time as Marion County Dairy Princess Ambassador, according to Oregon Dairy Women spokeswoman Jessica Jansen.

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During the pageant, 2020 Oregon Dairy Princess Jaime Evers of Klamath County and alternate Taysha Veeman of St. Paul passed on their titles in a small event at The Oregon Garden in Silverton.

Krahn, 19, a 2020 graduate of Santiam Christian High School in Adair Village, attends Linn-Benton Community College, where she studies animal science. She aspires to transfer to a four-year university and combine her on-farm experiences with skills in agricultural communications to lobby for dairy farmers.

An accomplished student, Krahn was involved in cheerleading, was very active in FFA and most recently served as the 2019 National Jersey Queen.

Jansen noted that Krahn's speech during the contest, titled "Technology, Efficiency and Innovation: Not Your Grandfather's Dairy" discussed modern dairy farming and innovations on dairy farms. She spent two days in interviews, answering impromptu questions and interacting with the three judges before she was selected for the honor.

Krahn is 'looking forward to a year informing and educating the public about the dairy industry," Jansen noted. "She will spend the next 12 months as a representative of Oregon's dairy farmers. Much of her reign will be spent in Oregon schools, delivering educational presentations about life on a dairy farm and the nutritional benefits of consuming dairy products."

Krahn also received $3,000 in scholarships. Evers received $10,000 for her year dedicated to the Oregon dairy industry.

Giraud is also a scholarship recipient due to her selection as the alternate. She will play an important role assisting in the promotion of the dairy industry throughout the state in the coming year.

Oregon Dairy Women

Oregon Dairy Women (ODW) is an all-volunteer, nonprofit 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.

Since 1959, the Oregon Dairy Women's Dairy Princess Ambassador Program has served as the premier advocate for the Oregon Dairy Industry, in collaboration with the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association and the Oregon Dairy Nutrition Council. The ODW awards scholarships and provides financial support to 4-H and FFA programs, Agriculture in the Classroom, Ag Fest Summer Ag Institute, Adopt-a-Farmer and judging teams.

Learn more by visiting oregondairywomen.com.


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