6/15/2014 7:00 AM
By Carolyn N. Moyer Special to Lancaster Farming
WHITNEYVILLE, Pa. — Rebecca Leister, 17, daughter of Dan and Michelle Leister, of Wellsboro, Pa., was crowned the 2014 Tioga County dairy princess recently.
“Thank you for this opportunity,” Rebecca said after receiving her crown and sash.
This is the first year that Leister has been involved in dairy promotion activities, but she has been an active member of the Grand Canyon FFA and the Wellsboro High School color guard. She also is employed at Metzler’s Dairy Farm, helping to milk 70 Holsteins.
Crowned the Tioga County alternate dairy princess was Taylor Hemenway. She is the 16-year-old daughter of Allyn and Deborah Hemenway, of Wellsboro, Pa.
A sophomore at Wellsboro High School, Hemenway is the historian for the Grand Canyon FFA Chapter and is on the dairy judging team. She is serving her first year on the Tioga County dairy promotion team. Her family farm is Smith-Dale Holsteins and is home to her uncle’s herd of Holsteins.
Each contestant was required to present a speech and a skit to judges Nathan Schanbacher, of Roaring Branch, and Maria Jo Noble, of Gillette, Pa.
Leister’s skit was about the “7 Moos and You.” In her presentation, she highlighted the seven breeds of dairy cows and spoke about the importance of dairy.
Hemenway posed as a teacher instructing her class members on “three-a-day dairy,” by starting with a white cow and placing spots on it highlighting the importance of each nutrient.
Two dairy maids earned their crowns this year by completing special promotions. Alyssa Remley, daughter of Drew and Lisa Remley, of Roaring Branch, Pa., and Thecia Spencer, daughter of Karen and John Spencer, of Mainesburg, Pa. This is Remley’s third year as a dairy maid. Spencer is in her second year as a dairy maid.
Shelby Alexander, daughter of Roger and Cathleen Alexander, of Liberty, Pa., and Camryn Moyer, daughter of Paul and Carolyn Moyer, of Roaring Branch, Pa., are serving their second year as dairy misses. Shaelynn Mosher, daughter of Grant and Amber Messner, of Roaring Branch, Pa., and Taleah Spencer, daughter of Karen and John Spencer, of Mainesburg, were named dairy misses for the first time.
Dairy Miss Thecia Spencer received the outstanding dairy maid award given in memory of Morgan Griffis.
Editor’s Note: Camryn Moyer is the daughter of Carolyn Moyer, who wrote this article.