Atwater resident Deena Migliazzo has been named the 2014-15 Dairy Princess for the California Milk Advisory Board’s District 6.
The crowning took place before a crowd of about 300 dairy industry members and their families and friends June 18 at Our Lady of the Assumption Hall in Turlock.
Retiring Dairy Princess Dominique Germann of Ceres ended her reign by turning over the title to Deena and wished her well as she represents the California dairy industry throughout the coming year.
Deena will represent District 6, which includes Stanislaus, Merced, Tuolumne, Alameda, Mariposa, Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. As Dairy Princess she will be on the CMAB’s Communications Services Team to meet community relations objectives.
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Deena is the daughter of Dino and Alicia Migliazzo and attends Buhach Colony High School.
The competition’s first alternate, Joya Lemos, is the daughter of Darin and Maureen Lemos of Waterford. Joya attends Modesto Junior College and California State University, Stanislaus, studying dairy science.
Joya will assist the new District 6 Dairy Princess in her duties, which include speaking on behalf of the state dairy industry at schools, service clubs, with the media and at numerous public events throughout the year.
In addition, Deena and Joya will attend a training session that includes presentation skills, a CMAB orientation and a tour of a processing facility.
The Dairy Princess candidates voted Colleen Allen as Miss Vitality. Colleen is the daughter of Sean and Mary Ellen Allen of Los Banos. She graduated from Los Banos High School earlier this month and will attend UC Davis.
All five contestants – the others were Kasadi Barcelos of Hilmar and Abigayle Durrer of Modesto – received scholarships from the District 6 Dairy Princess Committee. A total of $3,500 was awarded.
Contestants were judged on poise, personality, speaking ability, education and dairy background. Judges for the contest were Kelly Lawler of Willows, Chandra Brace of Gustine and Chris Brazil of Escalon. Master of ceremonies was Curt Andre and the event chairwoman was Linda Teixeira of Turlock.