LANCASTER, Pa. — Hannah Gockley, of Adamstown, was recently named the 2017-2018 Lancaster County dairy princess at a pageant held on Saturday, May 27, at the Lancaster Farm and Home Center. Serving as Lancaster County alternate dairy princess is Kelly Foose, of Quarryville. Both young women were required to present a speech and skit, and be interviewed by a team of three judges to receive the award.
Residing at Willow Springs dairy farm in Adamstown, Hannah is the 17-year-old daughter of Lamar and Michelle Gockley. She has five siblings: Aaron, 22; Maranda, 21; Danae, 15; Luke, 13; and Lydia, 11. Hannah is homeschooled and has just completed 11th grade. Employed part-time on the family dairy farm of 100 owned and additional rented acres, she assists with milking, care of young stock, and helps as needed. Milk from the farm’s 100-plus milking cows is shipped through the Mount Joy Farmers Co-op. The farm’s total herd size is about 250 head, mostly Holstein cattle.
Hannah enjoys singing, drawing, reading, swimming, acting and outdoor activities, including soccer and horseback riding. She helps with her church vacation Bible school, is a member of the youth group, and has taken trips to China and Guatemala. She is a member of 4-H, and attended the City on the Hill Leadership Conference. In addition, she babysits regularly for a neighbor.
Foose, 16, resides in Quarryville. Her parents are Lori and Wayne Foose. She is the youngest of three children, including Carly, 22, and Casey, 18. Next fall, she will be a junior at Solanco High School. She has served as a dairy ambassador for three years, and is a member and president of the Solanco FFA. Employed part-time at nearby Hope Valley Farm, Kelly assists with milking the herd of 450 Holsteins and Jerseys. Kelly volunteers at the Solanco Fair and at John Deere Days at Rough and Tumble. In addition, she raises various animals to exhibit at Solanco Fair and is a member of Waterloo Boys John Deere Club and a traveling air rifle team.
Also at the event were other dairy promotion team members, including Ambassador Madison Weaver, daughter of Fred and Tammy Weaver, Ephrata. Madison delivered a speech entitled, “Be the Light.” Dairy Maid Josephine Ackerman, daughter of Nick and Elizabeth Ackerman, Denver, performed a skit titled “Chocolate Milk as a Refuel Drink.” Josephine’s sister and Dairy Darling Evelyn Ackerman entertained the audience in the role of “Cookies the Elf,” doing a skit about milk for Santa. Dairy Darling Autumn Mellinger, daughter of Karen and Richard Mellinger, Lancaster, was interviewed.
Both Kelly and Hannah chose to present a speech addressing the needs of mothers of preschoolers and various methods to include dairy in the diets of young children. Suggestions of yogurt, smoothies, flavored milk and cheese sticks were given.
Anyone interested in helping with future dairy promotion events may contact Glenda Neff at 717-687-6283.