A new Dairy princess is crowned

Mary Bullwinkel

Beacon Correspondent

Of the four candidates, all from the Eel River Valley, Ferndale High School junior Andrea Guggenbickler was selected to reign as the 2013 District 1 Dairy Princess. Guggenbickler was also selected as Miss Vitality.

She is the president of the Ferndale FFA chapter, and has served as secretary of the organization. She is also a member of the Ferndale 4-H Club and has held the offices of secretary and treasurer in that group. She spends her summers working on her grandfather Larry Nicholson's dairy in Ferndale and said that has given her a good sense of what it takes to run a dairy business.

Guggenbickler serves as Ferndale High School's vice president of the Spanish Club, treasurer of the Leo Club (a service club) and student body dance commissioner. Her hobbies include soccer, debating, FFA, reading and community service. She is the daughter of David and Laurie Guggenbickler of Loleta.

2013 District 1 Dairy Princess First Alternate is Emily Dale, daughter of Greg and Sandra Dale of Fortuna. She is a junior at Fortuna High School, where she participates in FFA and cheerleading for football and basketball. She is president of the Fortuna FFA chapter and has served as class student body vice president.

Her association with the dairy industry is through her participation with the FFA dairy products judging team for the last three years. One personal highlight was in the 10th grade when Dale won first place cheese in the Dairy Products Competition. She said that distinction helps her speak positively on behalf of the California dairy industry.

The remaining two candidates will share the title of 2013 Dairy Princess Second Alternate. This will be the second year in that role for College of the Redwoods student Paxton Woodward. She has toured industry sites throughout the state of California and has done classroom presentations about the dairy industry. Woodward is studying agriculture at College of the Redwoods and would like to enter the field of veterinary medicine. She is the daughter of Brad and Linnette Woodward of Scotia.

Fortuna High School Junior Marisa Wright will also carry the title of Dairy Princess Second Alternate. She has been on the FFA dairy judging team for the last two years and attended the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis, In., last year. She is the current president of the Hydesville 4-H Club. After she graduates next year, Wright plans to pursue a degree in agriculture business or animal science.

Between the four 2013 contestants, they received more than $10,000 in scholarships and gift certificates.

Outgoing District 1 Dairy Princess Emily Janowski said she was honored to be selected last year.

"I am overwhelmed with gratitude," she said.

Janowski said she particularly enjoyed sharing her knowledge of the dairy industry with school children, noting that she once took a day-old calf to Morris Elementary School in McKinleyville. Janowski is a freshman at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is majoring in dairy science. She is the daughter of Tom and Denise Janowski of Fortuna.

Photo by Mary Bullwinkel/Beacon

Dairy royalty crowned May 10th at the River Lodge in Fortuna are (l - r): District 1 Dairy Princess Second Alternate Paxton Woodward, District 1 Second Alternate Marisa Wright, District 1 Dairy Princess Andrea Guggenbickler, and District 1 Dairy Princess First Alternate Emily Dale.