Danielle Bull, a 19-year-old Damascus native, was crowned the 2014 Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador on Saturday.
Bull was among seven contestants who spent two days in interviews and performing speeches as they vied for the title in Salem. During the speech competition, Bull showed her appreciation for dairy farmers in a talk titled, “For the Love of Milk.”
Danielle Bull will spend the year traveling the state as a representative of the dairy industry.
Bull is a 2012 graduate of Clackamas High School, where she was active in the North Clackamas chapter of the FFA. Bull learned about the dairy industry by working at Lady-Lane Farms near Mulino, assisting with everything from the bottling of creamline milk to feeding calves. Currently, Bull is studying to become a high school agricultural sciences teacher at Linn-Benton Community College.
The 55-year-old contest is organized by the Oregon Dairy Women, a non-profit organization that promotes the dairy industry. Through the organization, Bull will spend a year traveling as a representative of the state’s dairy farmers, attending fairs, town meetings and public events. She’ll also visit elementary schools to speak about life on a farm and the nutritional benefits of dairy.
Along with the crown, Bull received a nearly $3,000 scholarship, and was given the Congeniality Award by her peers.
The outgoing dairy princess, Kaitie Brawley, received more than $13,000 for her year traveling and speaking to 15,500 elementary students about the state’s dairy industry.
The other finalists included: Kiara Single of Columbia County; Brittany Tabert of Linn and Benton Counties; Jessica Brawley of Marion County; Olivia Miller of Polk County; and Charish Ingram of Tillamook County.
— Michael Bamesberger