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Dairy ambassador thankful for opportunities

Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador Katie Hutchins (right) is given a warm send-off at last night’s banquet by the Miss Sunnyside Court, including Miss Sunnyside Alyson Spidle (center) and Princess Ashley Davis.

Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador Katie Hutchins (right) is given a warm send-off at last night’s banquet by the Miss Sunnyside Court, including Miss Sunnyside Alyson Spidle (center) and Princess Ashley Davis. Photo by John Fannin.

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Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador Katie Hutchins (left) and Washington State Dairy Ambassador Erin Peek toast the evening with a glass of milk.

PROSSER – Grateful for opportunities afforded her during a year-long reign as Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador, Katie Hutchins thanked her family and supporters during a banquet last night.

In farewell remarks at the Barn Restaurant in Prosser, Hutchins said the past year has been exciting. She said the highlight was dairy day at the state legislative session when lawmakers applauded as she and other dairy ambassadors arrived. “It sent chills up my spine,” she smiled.

That experience was also a favorite shared by Erin Peek, Washington State Dairy Ambassador, during her remarks at the banquet.

Speaking of the state ambassador’s post, Hutchins may be closing out her year as Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador but she will represent the region this summer during the state dairy ambassador competition.

“It’s an amazing opportunity,” said Hutchins, who will attend WSU this fall.

Also last night, the Yakima Valley Dairy Women announced that Kevin DeJong and Kristen Wedam are each recipients of $500 scholarships the group is awarding this year.

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