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Tracy, Calif., August 14, 2017 – The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) recently welcomed the 2017-2018 class of Dairy Princess representatives for a three-day session to launch their year of service as California dairy industry advocates. Fifteen Dairy Princesses and Alternates from Districts 1 to 9 attended the Dairy Princess Training in July where they learned presentation and public speaking skills, etiquette and social media tips and an overview of industry programs and issues.

The 2017-2018 California Dairy Princess Court includes:

District                                   Contest Results                                 ________________

District 1                                Dairy Princess Haley Benbow, Fortuna

                                              First Alternate Carli Sioux Roberts, Eureka

                                              Second Alternate Dairy Princess Beth Noel, Hydesville

District 3                                Dairy Princess Melanie Hanlon, Petaluma

                                              First Alternate Dairy Princess Elizabeth Pacheco, Petaluma

                                              Second Alternate Dairy Princess Kendal Middlebrook, Sebastopol

District 4                                Dairy Princess Gina Amaro, Willows

District 5                                Dairy Princess Sarah Weststeyn, Linden

District 6                                Dairy Princess Makayla Toste, Newman

                                              First Alternate Dairy Princess Lauren Alvares, Merced

                                              Second Alternate Dairy Princess Shania DeJarnett, Turlock

District 7                                Dairy Princess Tristan Rowell, Lemoore

                                              First Alternate Dairy Princess Jolene Simas, Hanford

District 8                                Dairy Princess Jenny Garcia, Riverdale

District 9                                Dairy Princess Hayles Fernandes, Tulare

                                              First Alternate Dairy Princess Abbigail Prins, Tulare


Photo by Stephanie Baker Photography

From left to right: Gina Amaro, District 4 Dairy Princess; Sarah Weststeyn, District 5 Dairy Princess; Jolene Simas, District 7 First Alternate; Tristan Rowell, District 7 Dairy Princess; Shania DeJarnett, District 6 Second Alternate; Makayla Toste, District 6 Dairy Princess; Lauren Alvares, District 6 First Alternate; Beth Noel, District 1 Second Alternate; Haley Benbow, District 1 Dairy Princess; Carli Sioux Roberts, District 1 First Alternate; Melanie Hanlon, District 1 Dairy Princess; Elizabeth Pacheco, District 3 First Alternate; Hayley Fernandes, District 9 Dairy Princess; Abbigail Prins, District 9 First Alternate Dairy Princess; and Jennifer Garcia, Distrit 8 Dairy Princess. Not pictured is Kendal Middlebrook, District 3 Second Alternate.

California is the nation’s leading milk producer. It also produces more butter and nonfat dry milk than any other state. The state is the second-largest of cheese and yogurt. Dairy products made with Real California milk can be identified by the Real California Milk or Real California Cheese seal, which certifies that the products are made exclusively with milk produced on California dairy farms.