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Mensonides crowned new 2011-12 ambassador for Valley's dairy industry

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Before the ceremonies, the four guests of honor at Thursday evening’s Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador Coronation greeted guests at the entrance to Sunnyside’s Bon Vino’s Bistro and Bakery. Pictured are (L-R) 2011-12 Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador candidate Sabrina Mensonides, 2010-11 Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador alternate Emily Hutchins, 2010-11 Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador Kristen Wedam and reigning Washington State Dairy Ambassador Kristyn Mensonides.

It was an elegant evening filled with lots of laughs, tears and milk.

Yesterday (Thursday), Bon Vino's Bistro and Bakery in Sunnyside played host to this year's Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador Coronation.

Though Sunnyside Christian High School junior Sabrina Mensonides was the only young lady in the running for this year's crown, she was required to complete all the requirements of a candidate, including giving a three-minute speech before yesterday's audience.

Mensonides' speech focused on M-I-L-K, which stood for -

Memories of growing up on a dairy.

Interesting research about the benefits of farm living.

Local dairy farmers impact their community positively.

Kids, as well as adults, need 3 dairy products and 30 minutes of exercise a day.

Mensonides' coronation was made particularly special by the presence of her sister Kristyn, who is the reigning Washington State Dairy Ambassador. The sisters will share a brief time serving the dairy industry as official ambassadors.

In June, Kristyn will hand her crown over to the next Washington State Dairy Ambassador.

Hoping to win that honor is 2010-11 Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador Kristen Wedam. Wedam was at yesterday's coronation, where she told the next Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador, "Get ready. It's incredible and I encourage you to take advantage of all the opportunities this industry has, because there are a lot."

Wedam also included a long list of thank yous in her farewell speech.

"You're great," she said of the community, "and thank you for preparing me for life."

2010-11 Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador alternate Emily Hutchins revealed that she will not compete for the Washington title, but will focus on school instead. She wished Mensonides the best of luck and thanked Wedam for their year working together.

"There was never a dull moment with you," Hutchins laughed.

The evening also included presenting the Friend of the Industry award, which went to Rick Wentz. Wentz was, unfortunately, not present to accept the award.

Emma Fierro/Daily Sun News

Before the ceremonies, the four guests of honor at Thursday evening's Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador Coronation greeted guests at the entrance to Sunnyside's Bon Vino's Bistro and Bakery. Pictured are (L-R) 2011-12 Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador candidate Sabrina Mensonides, 2010-11 Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador alternate Emily Hutchins, 2010-11 Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador Kristen Wedam and reigning Washington State Dairy Ambassador Kristyn Mensonides.

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