Dairy Princess named to State Royalty Team

Agriculture Secretary George Greig congratulates the newly-crowned state dairy royalty team at the 56th Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Coronation, Saturday, Sept. 22. From left to right: Greig, state princess Maria Jo Noble (Bradford Co.), first alternate Callie Curley (Susquehanna Co.) and second alternate Heather Wasson (Centre Co.).

BY STACI WILSON

Susquehanna County 2012-13 Dairy Princess Callie Curley earned the first alternate slot on the State Royalty Team at the annual Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Coronation, held Saturday, Sept. 22, in Camp Hill.

Curley, a Montrose Area High School junior, is the daughter of Amy and Ben Curley, of Montrose.

“I was absolutely shocked, and admittedly, crying,” Curley said. “Of course, in the aftermath, I was honored to have been given this opportunity to promote the PA Dairy Industry but as the announcer called my name as 1st Alternate, I had all I could do to get up from my chair to meet Deidra Bollinger (the outgoing 1st alternate) on the stage. It was an incredible moment of my life that I don’t think I’ll ever forget.”

Bradford County’s Maria Jo Noble was named the 2012-13 State Dairy Princess.

Dairy Princesses serve as spokeswomen for the local dairy industry and its milk products.

Just days after being crowned, Curley was off to her first state promotional appearance at the J.T. Lambert Intermediate School in East Stroudsurg.

The school was being rewarded for offering “Breakfast in the Classroom,” Curley said.  The program provides all students a pre-made breakfast to eat in their homeroom class. “This emphasizes the importance of starting off the day with a nutritious and delicious meal,” Curley

At the school appearance Curley was joined by retired NFL player Sean Landeta who was promoting the NFL sponsored “Fuel Up to Play 6.” which emphasizes the importance of fueling your body with the right foods (particularly milk, cheese, and yogurt) and also being active for 60 minutes each day.

County Dairy Princess coordinator Evie Goff, said, “I’m just really, really proud of Callie. It’s great there is not a person who deserves it more than her.”

Goff said she thinks this is the first time a Susquehanna County Princess has been named to the State Royalty Team.

Curley said, “I am very much looking forward to promoting Pennsylvania’s #1 Agricultural Industry as a member of the State Royalty Team with Maria Noble and Heather Wasson.”

As part of the State Royalty Team, Curley will be in Harrisburg on Oct. 4 for “Farm City Day” where they will have the opportunity to educate inner-city students on the importance of dairy and also on the actual happenings of a dairy farm.

Since being installed as the Susquehanna County Dairy Princess in May, Curley has visited elementary schools, written newspaper articles focused on local dairy farms, and appeared at many community events such as National Night Out and the Harford Fair.

Prior to being crowned as the Susquehanna County Princess, Curley served as a Dairy Ambassador for three years.

In addition to her dairy promotions work, Curley is an active dairy 4-Her; and is a member of the 4-H Quiz Bowl and Dairy Judging Teams. She is also a member of the Susquehanna County Junior Holstein Club and serves on the Pennsylvania Junior Holstein Association Executive Committee.

Curley was recently recognized by the Montrose Area Board of Education for earning a slot in the national Future Business Leaders of America competition held in June.