Ceres resident Dominique Germanns reign as Dairy Princess for District 6 of the California Milk Advisory Board is nearing its end, and shell pass the title to one of five young women competing for it next month.
This years contestants are Colleen Allen of Los Banos, Kasadi Barcelos of Hilmar, Abigayle Durrer of Modesto, Joya Lemos of Waterford and Deena Migliazzo of Atwater. The new Dairy Princess will be named at a gala event June 18 at Our Lady of the Assumption Hall in Turlock.
Heres a look at those vying for the honor:
Colleen Allen is the daughter of Sean and Mary Ellen Allen of Los Banos. She attends Los Banos High School and will graduate in June. While in school, Colleen has participated in FFA, S-Club, ASB, volleyball, soccer and other activities. She has been active in the California Junior Holstein Association, serving as vice president, secretary, treasurer, reporter and representative. She plans to study agriculture and environmental sciences at the University of California, Davis, in the fall. Colleen said she wasnt born into the dairy industry and (has) no family affiliation or background, but was mentored at a young age by a local dairy family that encouraged her to show cattle, and she has never looked back.
Kasidi Barcelos is the daughter of Jackie Barcelos of Hilmar. She graduated from Hilmar High in June 2012 and attends Modesto Junior College, studying dairy science. At MJC, Kasidi participates in Young Farmers, Dairy Club and softball. She also served as the co-chairman of the MJC dairy heifer sale in 2013. Kasidi raises registered Holstein and Jersey cattle; shes been at it since she was 9 years old and is a member of the Holstein, Jersey and Milk Shorthorn associations. Kasidi has served as a Jersey Queen for California, attending the All American Jersey Show in Kentucky, where she competed in the National Jersey Queen contest.
Abigayle Abby Durrer is the daughter of Anna McCourt of Modesto. A 2013 graduate of Gregori High School, she studies agriculture business at MJC. At college and in high school, Abby participated in FFA, Young Farmers, Academic Decathlon and dairy cattle exhibiting. Her family owns and operates Durrer Dairy/Lorita Holsteins, so Abby grew up on the dairy farm, which helped to instill how imperative agriculture is to everyday life, she said. Abby states that although California produces half of the nationally grown fruits, nuts and vegetables, dairy is the states leading commodity.
Joya Lemos is the daughter of Darin and Maureen Lemos of Waterford. She graduated from Central Valley Christian Academy in 2011 and attends MJC and California State University, Stanislaus, studying dairy science. Joya has been a member of the Waterford 4-H Club since 2005 and is an MJC Dairy Club member. She also participated on the MJC Dairy Cattle Judging Team. While completing her studies and extracurricular activities, Joya has been on the deans list each semester she has been attending school. Joya grew up on her familys dairy.
Deena Migliazzo is the daughter of Dino and Alicia Migliazzo of Atwater. She attends Buhach Colony High School and will graduate in June 2015. Like other candidates, Deena is part of a dairy family; she is the third generation to grow up on the Migliazzo and Sons Dairy in Atwater. The dairy has been in the family since 1964. Deena believes her familys focus has helped her to become an expert dairy judge. She has helped the family in cow exhibition as well. Team Migliazzo recently had a champion heifer showing at the California State Holstein Show. Deena herself took home a prize as part of the state champion 2013 Buhach Colony High School Dairy Judging Team.
The District 6 Dairy Princess represents the industry in Alameda, Mariposa, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties. She serves as ambassador for the dairy industry at schools, service groups and with the media.