Bellevue, Wash. — Abigail Zurcher, representing the Mid–Columbia Counties, was crowned as the 2018-2019 Washington state dairy ambassador.
She was one of five finalists at the 63rd Annual Washington State Dairy Ambassador Coronation at the Bellevue High School Performing Arts Center in Bellevue, Wash.
Rebecca Ford, representing Lewis County, and Jacoba “Cobi” VanSlageren, representing the Yakima Valley area, were selected as equal alternate state dairy ambassadors.
“I am so excited to be representing the dairy farmers across the state this year,” the newly crowned ambassador said following the event.
As representatives of the Dairy Farmers of Washington, the state dairy ambassador and alternates will visit schools, attend local and state fairs, appear at Washington Interscholastic Activities Association events, parades and many more activities including addressing the Washington state legislature promoting the health and nutrition benefits of dairy products.
The dairy industry was well represented by their 2017-2018 Washington State Dairy Ambassador Anna Teachman, of Sea Tac, and Alternate State Dairy Ambassadors Juliana LeClair, of Mount Vernon, and Claire Leininger, of Everson. They ladies traveled around the state educating students, parents and others on the positive impact and value of Washington’s dairy industry and the importance of dairy products.
Administrated by the Washington State Dairy Women, the dairy ambassador program began in 1955 to mentor and support outstanding young women and promote the dairy industry.