7/4/2012 7:00 AM
By Carol Ann Gregg Western Pa. Correspondent
MERCER, Pa. — Samantha Weber of Grove City, Pa., will reign as the 2012-2013 Mercer County dairy princess. By her side as alternate dairy princess will be Delaney David, daughter of Steve and Dania Leyshon of West Middlesex, Pa. These young women were crowned at the June 13 pageant at the Leslie N. Firth Education Center, Mercer, Pa.
Samantha is the daughter of Rick and Brenda Weber and attends Grove City High School. Her pageant skit, “Toy Story 4 &tstr; To Infinity and Beyond,” portrayed even the fantasy characters as needing three servings of dairy products each day.
The young women will be attending the statewide seminar in early July that provides them with the tools to be the spokespersons for the state dairy industry for the next year.
The new Mercer County dairy maid is Jocelyn Snyder, daughter of Todd and Paula Snyder, Greenville, Pa. At the pageant, she spoke about the importance of dairy products in the school lunch program.
The 2011-2012 Mercer County dairy princess, Molly Slater, daughter of Dale and Beth Slater, Stoneboro, presented each of the girls with their banners and crowned the princess and alternate princess.
Slater presented her farewell speech by thanking the people who had encouraged her over this last year.
“I know that I will continue to promote the dairy industry,” Slater said.
The Mercer County dairy princess committee promotes the dairy industry throughout the year. They plan the annual pageant which is open to girls beginning at age 5 who have connections to the dairy industry.
Dairy delights, upper elementary-age girls, presented skits at the pageant that conveyed facts about dairy nutrition. This group included Christa Ealy, daughter of Dan and Sherry Ealy, Sharpsville, Pa.; Rebekah Leise, daughter of Pete and Elaine Leise, Greenville, Pa.; Alexis Luckle, daughter of Jason and Shelli Luckle, Mercer, Pa.; and Hannah Sturgin, daughter of Raymond and Paula Sturgin, Fredonia, Pa.
Elaine Leise directed the youngest group of girls, the dairy darlings, in a song. The dairy darlings include Hannah Allen, daughter of Philip and Shannon Allen, Fredonia, Pa.; Renee Ealy, daughter of Dan and Sherry Ealy; Madalyn Fleet, daughter of Jery and Deborah Fleet, Fredonia, Pa.; Cheyenne Minor and Montanna Minor, daughters of Bobby and Brenda Minor, Grove City, Pa.; Raegen Mullen, daughter of Travis and Stephanie Mullen, Fredonia, Pa.; and Hailey Weber, daughter of Doug and Charlene Weber, Grove City, Pa.
Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Gabrielle Murphy and the state executive director of the Pennsylvania Dairy Princess and Promotion Service, Jessica Armacost, participated in the evening’s activities.
Armacost presented certificates for long-time service to four members of the county committee. Honorees were Angie George, for 25 years, Tammy Hanna, for 28 years, Elaine Leise, for 29 years and Marlyn Hill, for 36 years.
The judges for the evening were Kathy Malliard, Crawford County; Carin Rasp, Butler County; and Katherine Shreve, Erie County. Extension educator Janet McDougall served as the mistress of ceremonies.