A beaming smile and an engaging personality aren't required, but they'll go a long way in helping the next young lady to get named as the new Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador.
Sign-ups are being taken now from young women, ages 17 to 21, interested in serving as the 2011-12 Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador. The successful candidate, besides receiving a scholarship to help further their education, will spend a year promoting the local dairy industry. The new Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador will also have the opportunity to compete for the Washington State Dairy Ambassador title, which brings with it an even larger college scholarship and additional career opportunities.
LaVonne Boogerd, the president of the Yakima Valley Dairy Women, said there are only a couple of requirements from those seeking the Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador title. Besides the 17 to 21 age requirement, candidates must live on a dairy or their father must be employed by the dairy industry. Or, said Boogerd, the young lady must have shown a dairy animal in an FFA or 4-H competition for a minimum of two years.
Those interested in applying for the dairy ambassador competition have until next Wednesday, March 9, to submit their names. Candidates should contact Boogerd now (391-0133).
The reigning Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador is Kristen Wedam. The 2009-10 ambassador for the Yakima Valley, Kristyn Mensonides, is the reigning state dairy ambassador.
The young lady that gets named the 2011-12 Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador at the annual banquet, scheduled this year for Thursday, April 14, will have a busy year ahead of her. Boogerd explained that the primary function of the ambassador is to promote the dairy industry, through public speaking engagements at local schools and WIAA sporting events. There are also appearances throughout the year at various community parades.