Frederick Co. teen crowned Maryland’s new dairy princess
By CARYL VELISEK
FREDERICK, Md. (July 25, 2017) — Sydnie Grossnickle, daughter of Robert and Lydia Grossnickle of Union Bridge, Md., is the new Maryland Dairy Princess.
The 56th Maryland Dairy Princess coronation was held July 12, with four Maryland Regional Dairy Princesses in competition for the title.
Jordyn Griffin, daughter of Jennifer and Wyatt Griffin, was selected to be the alternate dairy princess. She was also named Miss Congeniality.
Also in competition were Brooke Knauss, the South Central Dairy Princess, daughter of Lee and Deneice Knauss of Davidsonville, Md., and Amanda Stephan, daughter of Joseph and Celeste Stephan of Joppa, Md.
Dairy princesses spend their year-long reign promoting the dairy industry and the healthfulness of milk and dairy products at schools, fairs, festivals stores and more, across the state. As royal spokesperson for the dairy industry, the dairy princesses travel throughout the state conducting school programs, appearing on radio and television, giving product demonstrations, writing news articles and speaking to farming and non-farming groups. In addition to the four regional princesses, there is also a team of alternate princesses and dairy maids to assist in promoting the benefits of milk and milk products.
The retiring dairy princess, Mackenzie Underwood of Cecil County, who works on her parents dairy farm, gave a short presentation of her year as the 2016-2017 Maryland Dairy Princess in which she gave 100 plus promotions about dairy and dairy products and, she noted, “If your barn boots aren’t next to your (high) heels you aren’t a true dairy person”.
The contestants were introduced, Each gave a Creative Presentation, presented a Radio Spot, and was given a final question before selection of the Dairy Princess was made.
Grossnickle, the 2017-18 Maryland Dairy Princess, is 16 years old and a past Maryland Jersey Princess and Dairy Maid. She is the president of the Johnsville 4-H Club and exhibits dairy cattle, market hogs and dairy goats. A senior at Walkersville High School, she was vice-president of her FFA chapter and a member of the winning state FFA land judging, milk quality and products and agricultural communications teams. She was also her FFA chapter ambassador, and is enrolled in the advanced floral design program at the Frederick County Career and Technology Center, learning design, management and production.
Her family operates Johnsville Farms where she assists in record keeping. She also owns and cares for her own herd of Nubian and Alpine dairy goats and her future plans include attending agricultural college.
She helps elementary school students learn about agriculture, raises dairy cattle, and does poultry and dairy judging.
She said she starts her day with “a tall, ice cold glass of milk” because the beverage is tasty and has many flavors and health benefits including 9 essential nutrients.
She also said that yogurt has the same nutritional value as milk “and it keeps you fuller longer”, and she noted that there are thousands of cheeses, another tasty milk product, all over the world.
Jordan Griffin, the alternate dairy princess, is 15 years old and she started her presentation by saying, “The very best part of waking up is dairy in your cup”.
She went on to say that our Maryland secretary of agriculture has been quoted as saying that Maryland dairy farms are losing money.
“What would you say to the governor if you had the chance?” she asked. “I’d tell him that farmers feed the world”.
Jordan has been named National Holstein Young Distinguished Junior Member, her record book was the overall state winner this year, and she was a member of the State Holstein Dairy Bowl Team that won the national sportsmanship award twice.
Recently exhibiting the grand champion Holstein at the Maryland Holstein Field Day, she is a junior at Francis Scott Key High School and active in the FFA chapter there, serving as treasurer. She is also team manager and score keeper for varsity wrestling and a participant in the student government association.
She milks and feeds calves at a neighboring dairy farm, feeds and prepares her own animals for show at home and assists with her family’s farmers market business. She hopes to attend Virginia Tech to study dairy science.
As to the other two contestants, Brooke Knauss plans to attend an agricultural college and major in animal science and minor in agribusiness with the intent of obtaining a masters and owning a dairy farm some day, helping to educate the public about milk and agriculture.
Amanda Stefan exhibits dairy cattle at regional shows and fairs and plans to attend graduate school to study large animal veterinary medicine.
Judges for the 56th Dairy Princess event were Mrs. Sandy Davis of West Virginia Dairy Cattle Show in Kearneysville, W. Va.; Mrs. Laura Greer, of the Delaware Dairy Princess Association in Middletown, Del.; and Mr. Alan Zepp, of the Pennsylvania Center for Dairy Excellence in Harrisburg, Pa.
Mr. Denny Remsburg of Jefferson, Md., was master of ceremonies.
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