SALEM — Stephanie Breazile, representing Linn and Benton counties, was crowned the 2018 Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador on Saturday evening at the 59th annual Oregon Dairy Women convention, held at the Salem Convention Center.
Breazile was among five county contestants vying for the title. Megan Sprute, representing Washington County, was named first alternate.
Breazile, 20, is a student at Oregon State University, where she is studying to be a high school agriculture teacher. She is a 2015 Hillsboro High School graduate.
Breazile was active in her high school’s FFA chapter holding multiple leadership positions including president for two years. In college, she is an active member of Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority.
Her speech during the contest, titled “Technology, Efficiency and Innovation on the Farm: Not Your Grandfather’s Dairy” discussed the variety of ways that dairy farmers utilize technology on their farm.
Breazile spent two days in interviews, performing impromptu speeches and interacting with the three judges before she was selected Saturday for this honor.
Breazile said she is looking forward to a busy year informing and educating the public about the dairy industry. She will spend the next 12 months traveling statewide attending fairs, town meetings and public events as a representative of Oregon’s dairy farmers. Much of her reign will be spent in Oregon schools delivering educational presentations about life on a dairy farm and the nutritional benefits of consuming dairy products.
Breazile received $3,000 in scholarships to continue her education. Outgoing Dairy Princess-Ambassador Kiara Single received $14,000 for her year dedicated to the Oregon dairy industry, personally informing more than 15,000 students of the benefits of dairy products and life on a dairy farm in schools and community events.
Megan Sprute representing Washington County was named first alternate Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador. The other state finalists are Donata Doornenbal of Marion County, Rachel Jenck of Tillamook and Jessica Monroe of Yamhill County, who received the peer-elected Miss Congeniality award.